Rain and snow today
After a few days of incredibly mild, peaceful weather across the area, we're now all at once diving headlong into winter weather mode as a large storm system slides into the region from the west. As temperatures remain close to the freezing mark today, we'll have a variety of precipitation types in the area, starting with freezing rain and some sleet. A coating of ice will be possible in a few spots for the morning hours before warmer temperatures allow for rain and wet snow to develop in the late morning and afternoon. Expect about an inch of snowfall by late afternoon with high temperatures in the mid-30s and brisk west winds.
Heavy snow tonight
Snowfall will become heavier during the evening commute tonight and that snow will continue through the overnight hours. The center of the storm system will plant itself nearby, so we'll continue to deal with an onslaught of snow showers through the night with around five inches of accumulation possible by sunrise Friday! Strong, gusty northwest winds in the western part of our area, mainly west of I-35, will cause blizzard conditions at times, so a Blizzard Warning will be in effect through tonight and tomorrow for those locations.
Periods of snow will be possible throughout our Friday, especially in the morning hours when winds will continue to cause blowing snow in open spaces. Expect one to three inches of accumulation tomorrow, bringing the overall snowfall range to five to eight inches for the two-day event. High temperatures tomorrow will be in the low to mid-30s with raw, gusty north winds that will occasionally reach 25 miles per hour. Some spots to the west may have winds stronger than 30 miles per hour at times, keeping the blizzard conditions in place. The snowfall will taper off by the early evening hours on Friday.
A colder, mostly quieter weekend
Clouds will hang around the area behind the departing storm system for Saturday with temperaturees in the more seasonably cold upper 20s and a slight northwest breeze.
A weak disturbance will bring some light snow showers for Saturday night and Sunday morning with only a minor coating of snowfall likely, generally less than an inch. High temperatures Sunday will be in the mid-20s with light northwest winds.
Seasonably cold next week
We'll have a little sunshine in the area on Monday with high temperatures in the upper 20s before clouds thicken later in the day with the arrival of a storm system from the northwest. That system will bring a chance for light snowfall later Monday night and for Tuesday morning with an inch or two of accumulation possible. High temperatures will be in the mid-20s Tuesday with warmer air behind that system helping temperatures in the midweek reach the upper 20s and lower 30s through next Thursday.
A glancing blow of Arctic air next weekend will bring frigid sunshine and high temperatures in the teens while lows will be close to zero.
Here is your morning weeather update from Meteorologist Ted Schmidt: