Get Ready for a More Active Weather Pattern

Roller Coaster Temperatures also Expected
Cory Malles
Good evening… it was a dicey morning commute this morning as a band of freezing rain coated area roads with a glaze of ice. There were numerous traffic accidents and slide offs.
 The cause is an area of low pressure that will lift across the region tonight. Most of the precip with this low occurred ahead of it. As a result, we can expect a cloudy night, but there will be little in the way of additional precip. Keep in mind that temperatures will drop below freezing this evening and that could lead to untreated roads and sidewalks refreezing, so take it easy if you are driving around tonight. Other than that, look for clouds and lows in the teens and 20s.
 Friday looks quiet, but cloudy. It will be a colder day as highs stay in the the middle 20s to lower 30s.
 Looking ahead… as we head into the weekend, look for a storm system to cross Iowa and Illinois. This system could brush our far eastern and southern counties with accumulating snow. As a result, a WINTER STORM WATCH has been issued for Juneau, Adams and Richland Counties from Saturday afternoon into Saturday night. Early indications are a band of of 5″-7″ of snow could fall in these areas, with lower amounts farther west. The snow will be accompanied by gusty winds, which could cause some blowing and drifting of snow. Keep in mind, any change in the track of this system could lead to changes in where the heavier snow falls, so stay tuned,
 After a break Sunday and Monday, snow chances return Tuesday and Wednesday as another system passes through. It is to early to get cute with snow amounts.
 We will then dry out for the end of next week.
 Temperatures will continue on their roller coaster ride with highs cooling by Wednesday and Thursday before moderating by next Friday.