Get ready! Active weather is on the way for the next 72+ hours. Cold temperatures and snow will be on the way through the weekend. The cold weather will impact the area first!
A "Wind Chill Advisory" will be in effect from 9 p.m Wednesday night until 9 a.m Thursday morning. Wind chills are expected to be around 20-25° below zero Thursday morning. Make sure to stay safe in the cold conditions Thursday!
Temperatures will stay in the single digits through Thursday afternoon. Highs will be in the middle single digits with wind chills staying well below 0° most of the afternoon.
Then we have to deal with the upcoming winter storm Friday into Saturday.
Our next weather-maker is still set to impact the area Friday and Saturday. A "Winter Storm Watch" is in effect for Friday morning extending through Saturday night. I would be shocked if this is NOT upgraded to a winter storm warning by Friday morning.
The main threat for moderate to heavy snowfall will be Friday evening into Saturday morning. The Friday evening commute could become a tricky one with heavy snowfall and gusty winds. I do expect this storm to have a high impact on travel Friday night and Saturday morning because of the threat of blowing/drifting snow.
Light snow is expected to start in the late morning and afternoon on Friday. The best chance for heavy snow looks to be around 6 p.m until midnight. Winds will strengthen overnight and raise the concern for blowing/drifting snow. Snowfall totals are expected to be significant. Meaning accumulations greater than 5" of snow for many areas.
We'll have more details to come and snowfall predictions out tomorrow morning.