Updated: Frigid Temps With A Dose of Snow By Midweek
Tracking Snow Potential
Sub freezing temperatures alongside a storm system tracking across the area will lead to midweek snow. Accumulating snow will be possible starting Wednesday night and continuing through Thursday. The morning commute would have the greatest impact with low visibilities and heavier snow showers. Computer models that guide our forecasting have been consistently showing increased moisture with amply uplift to give us more than your average winter-time flurries. Temperatures during this period will be sub-freezing making this particular system all snow. The image associated with this story below is one of the computer models (NAM) and depicts accumulated snow through Thursday night. Click on the image to enlarge.
If these models are correct, then most of the area would have a shot at least 2-4 inches...possibly more. Parts of Illinois look to see the highest accumulations, probably between I-64 and route 13, where 3-5 inches will be possible.
Of course, this system is still several hours away, but models are coming into agreement. Confidence has grown enough that a Winter Storm Warning has been posted for the northern half of the Local 6 region and a Winter Weather Advisory for the southern half of our area.
This leads me to my soapbox. Please take the time to prepare for winter weather. Whether it be for the roadways and having a winter kit for your car or doing a standard check of your heating system....please do it before this pending storm arrives. Because of the Arctic influence we are experiencing, we will likely see some extremely cold days following any snow we do see accumulate. Check on your neighbors who may not have adequate heat. Check on pets or livestock that live outdoors and offer additional bedding and make sure their water source is not frozen. Many animals succumb to the cold because they are dehydrated.
If you are looking for additional information about winter weather preparedness kits for the home and car, visit the Red Cross Website by clicking here. Be sure to read all the information about what to do before, during, and after the storm. While you may think you are well prepared...it only takes a few moments to make sure.
Updates will be forthcoming as the storm passes through.