The latest storm system in our busy, active weather pattern this week is moving in from the west this morning, bringing a chance for not just snow, but also an icy coating that may impact your morning commute. Look for light snow that will mix with freezing drizzle at times through the morning hours. Up to an inch of snowfall is expected along and north of I-90 while areas south of the Interstate will likely see less than half an inch. Temperatures will make their way into the low to mid-20s in the midday before colder, drier air begins blowing in from the northwest on the backside of the storm system. Temperatures will drop to the teens in the afternoon with wind chills dropping to near zero as gusts occasionally reach 25 to 30 miles per hour.
Arctic air will build in tonight under an area of high pressure as it slides in from southern Canada. Temperatures will drop below zero after midnight while raw, gusty northwest winds will occasionally reach 20 to 25 miles per hour, keeping wind chills in the -25 range.
We'll get a break from unsettled weather Thursday, but that quieter weather will come as that area of high pressure plants itself overhead, making for a bright and frigid day. High temperatures tomorrow will be in the single digits and lower teens and light northwest winds.
Warmer air will begin to flow into the region for Friday as a large storm system moves in from the western Plains and light snow will develop in the area by the early to mid-morning hours. Right now, it looks like we'll receive two to four inches of accumulation during the day with another few inches possible Friday night. Warmer air aloft may mix in at times late Friday evening, meaning a change to an icy mixture of freezing rain or sleet will be possible. Totals from the storm system as it stands now look to be in a four to nine inch range and depending on what happens with the freezing rain, that could change.
The snow will wind down by late Saturday morning with just a little morning accumulation expected. Strong winds are expected to develop by early afternoon, causing blowing snow across the area. Temperatures will start in the 20s, but readings will be in the teens by the afternoon and wind chill levels will be around zero as gusts approach the 40 mile per hour range.
Arctic air will again settle into the region for the second half of the weekend. Look for morning low temperatures a few degrees below zero Sunday and afternoon high temperatures mainly in the single digits. It looks like we'll have more of those frigid, sun-filled days to start next week before temperatures slowly improve later in the week.
Here is your morning weather forecast from Meteorologist Ted Schmidt: