Slippery Roads For Some Today
Much Colder Tonight & Thursday
Wednesday’s Forecast High: 29F / Tonight’s Low: 1F…
Some areas will see some sun for a brief time this morning, but then clouds will quickly increase through mid-morning. A weak disturbance will zip east across the region today, bringing a chance for some light snow and/or freezing drizzle later this morning through about mid-afternoon. Any snow accumulations today will generally be a 1/2″ or less in most areas.
Roads could become slippery today for some, especially in any areas that see freezing drizzle. As a result, the NWS has issued a WINTER WEATHER ADVISORY through early-mid afternoon. Be sure to use caution if you encounter freezing precipitation, as the roads could quickly become icy.
Decreasing clouds and colder tonight. Lows will drop into the single digits above and below zero. NW winds 10-20 mph could cause wind chills in the -10F to -20F range. Be sure to bundle up if you’ll be out and about tonight.
Lots of sunshine Thursday, but cold with highs only in the single digits (north) to the low-mid teens. NW winds 5-15 mph will continue to make it feel even colder.
Looking Ahead… We continue to track a stronger storm that will impact our area Friday and Saturday… especially from Friday afternoon through about midday Saturday. The onset of the snow is still about 52 hours out and the center of the storm is still off the western coast of the U.S., so it’s a bit early to get real specific in expected snowfall amounts. The other concern is where the exact track of the center of low pressure will be, as this will be key in determining if there’s any chance for a wintry mix at times… rather than all snow. As of now, there’s at least a slight chance for a wintry mix at times in southern portions of the viewing area, which may cut into potential snowfall. Areas that see mainly or all snow will have the potential for 4″ to 8″ (or more)… with the highest amounts across northern sections of the viewing area. Again, it’s early… so be sure to stay tuned for updates over the next 24-48 hours.
Expect high temps in the upper 20s to near 30F Friday and Saturday as the storm moves through. The storm will also crank up the winds, which will increase the potential for blowing and drifting snow… especially on Saturday. It turns much colder Saturday night into Sunday as the storm departs to the east. Highs Sunday will only be in the single digits to low teens. Breezy conditions will make it feel even colder.
Next week starts cold as well with highs in the teens Monday and Tuesday, but it does look mainly dry at this point. Expect warmer temps Wednesday and Thursday with highs in the upper 20s to around 30F, but also more clouds. Slight chance of light snow showers or flurries on Thursday.
Have a good Wednesday! -Bill Graul
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