WINTER STORM WATCHES go into effect for the area Sunday and will continue through Monday morning. We could see several inches of snow or more with this system as it tracks in from the west. The track will be key as to whether or not we see any mixing at the onset. Ice potential is minimal but still a concern. A WINTER STORM WATCH means there is the potential for significant snow, sleet or ice accumulations that may impact travel.
An Arctic front has passed to the east and much colder air is funneling in quickly. Winds are strong out of the northwest 15-25 mph with gusts over 30mph. Temperatures will fall through the 20’s to the upper teens but feel more like single digits to below zero the later we go into the night.
High pressure will continue to build in helping the wind relax the further we go into the day. A cold, brisk morning with lows in the single digits to low teens will start the weekend. Wind chills will run as cold as 8 below zero. Plenty of sunshine but we only warm to the low 20’s, which is well below our average of 37 degrees. A few clouds will start to spread in late in the day as the next system heads towards us. It will still be very cold with lows plummeting to the middle teens by Sunday morning.
We are tracking our next storm which arrives for Sunday and slowly moves out of here by Monday afternoon. We could see light spotty snow showers as early as 8am Sunday morning. The track is still a question mark and will be key in determining whether there will be mixing. We will be right on the edge of some milder air that could allow for sleet to mix in initially. The heaviest snow looks to fall overnight into Monday morning. Highs Sunday will reach near 30. Get ready for a plowable snow by the time we get into early next week. The morning drive will be majorly impacted with heavy snow and low visibility. Temperatures will fall through the day Monday as another rush of Arctic air returns. Tuesday we are looking at some very cold temperatures with lows near 0 and highs only in the upper teens. The next clipper system comes in Wednesday. It looks weak right now with little moisture but we’ll have to keep an eye on the trends in the coming days. We get a bump in temps for the middle part of the week as they warm to the low 30s but quickly fall back Thursday and Friday as much colder air settles in. February is starting off well below average and will continue that way for the week.
MaryEllen Pann, Chief Meteorologist
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