Hold onto your stocking hats and get ready to shiver! We have quite a potent storm system approaching from the northwest today, one that will generate some strong winds and also bring the chance for some light snow later in the day. Warmer air will blow into the area on gusty southwest winds until that cold front arrives early in the afternoon. High temperatures in the midday hours will be in the lower 30s and a few sprinkles will even be possible in the southern part of our area early in the afternoon. Light snow will develop in most of the area by the mid-afternoon hours with as much as an inch of accumulation by early evening. The snow coupled with those raw, gusty winds that will turn to the northwest behind this afternoon's cold front will cause blowing snow, reducing visibility and creating slick spots on our roads and highways. Temperatures will tumble to the teens this evening and eventually, those readings will be well below for early Thursday morning. A Wind Chill Advisory will be in effect for the entire area late tonight through midday Thursday as wind chill values will be in the -20 to -30 range, even as winds subside.
We'll have plenty of sunshine, but bitterly cold weather throughout our Thursday with afternoon readings likely not even as warm as zero! Wind chills will stay below zero all day.
As strong Arctic high pressure hovers overhead early Friday, our temperatures will drop to the teens below zero, but with much lighter winds. Still, wind chill levels will be around -35 at times to start our Valentine's Day. Gustier south winds will develop in the afternoon, working with abundant sunshine to warm temperatures to the teens and that's where our temperatures will remain through Friday night.
A weak storm system will bring a chance for some light snow showers Saturday with a minor coating of snowfall accumulation possible to go with gusty west winds. High temperatures will be in the lower 30s which will be a nice change of pace from the previous couple of days.
After a drier, slightly colder Sunday another storm system looks to bring light snow late Sunday night and early Monday, but as warmer air builds in a little rain will be possible. High temperatures Monday will be in the low to mid-30s before that storm system pulls away and drier, more seasonably chilly air returns for the remainder of the upcoming week.
Here is your morning weather update from Meteorologst Ted Schmidt: