A warm Wednesday
A warm front is moving through the Upper Mississippi Valley today ahead of a large storm system that is approaching from the northwest. We'll have morning clouds and perhaps a flurry or two before sunshine re-emerges this afternoon behind that front, making for a bright and incredibly mild Wednesday across the area. High temperatures later today will be in the lower 40s which is about 20 degrees above the seasonal average.
A wintry mix, then snow Thursday
A potent storm system will move into the region first thing Thursday morning, producing freezing rain and sleet in our area as early as 2:00 AM and a thin coating of ice may be the result in a large portion of our area just before the morning commute. As colder air aloft arrives, that precipitation will change to snow in the mid-morning hours, mainly toward the latter part of the commute. The main band of snow will possibly provide our area with a quick burst of snow for three or four hours with snowfall totals of one to three inches by lunchtime.
There may be a lull in the action for a few hours behind that first wave of activity before additional snow showers begin to rotate into the area on the backside of the storm system during the evening hours tomorrow. High temperatures tomorrow will be in the mid-30s with gusty northwest winds making it feel like the teens and 20s as they'll occasionally reach 25 miles per hour. Snowfall tomorrow night will continue off and on with more snow shower activity moving through the area. An additional inch or two of snowfall will be possible Thursday night.
Windy Friday with snow showers
Snow showers will continue to rotate into the area Friday on the backside of the large late-week storm system. Look for another inch or two of snowfall during the day with that activity winding down during the evening hours. High temperatures will be in the lower 30s Friday with wind chill values in the teens and lower 20s.
Snowfall totals across the area are expected to range from three to six inches for the two days.
A colder, quieter weekend
Clouds will hang around throughout the day on Saturday behind the late-week storm system and high temperatures will be seasonably cold, mainly in the lower 20s.
A weak disturbance will bring a chance for some snow showers or flurries between Saturday night and Sunday morning, but no accumulation is expected at this point. Clouds will hang around for Sunday with light winds and afternoon high temperatures will be in the lower 20s.
Next week's weather looks seasonably cold with just a few stray flurries or very light snow showers possible on Thursday. High temperatures will be in the 20s throughout the week.
Here is your morning weather update from Meteorologist Ted Schmidt: