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Snow Chances and Another Arctic Blast!

by Monty Webb

Posted on January 17, 2014 at 12:06 AM

Updated Friday, Jan 17 at 12:29 AM

Winter Weather Advisory until 7 PM Friday

This is not a big snow event!  We are only looking for a Trace to 1 inch of snow (maybe locally 2").  I think the main concern tomorrow will be some icy/slick roads that could create a driving hazard.  Much like what we saw today with numerous accidents around the area.  Slow down tomorrow while driving and give yourself extra time to get to your destination.

Here's The Set-Up

An upper level low is centered over the Great Lakes and is spinning off weak disturbances that will produce scattered snow showers overnight through Friday evening.  The showers for the most part will be light, but we could see a quick local burst of moderate to heavy snow.

Another clipper system will bring us a better chance for accumulating snow Saturday afternoon.   More on that in a bit...


Showing some scattered snow showers overnight.

Futurecast is trying to produce a quick burst of moderate before sunrise and that would definitely create some driving issues for the morning commute.

Scattered snow showers and flurries will continue throughout the day and I can't rule out a few bands of moderate snow.

How Much...

Like I said earlier...  I'm not expecting that much.  It's what I like to call nuisance snow.  Most areas will receive a Trace to 1" (locally 1.5").  Just remember it doesn't take a lot of snow to make the roads icy.

Next Clipper...

Arrives in our western counties midday Saturday, then pushing into the Metro by the afternoon.  I think this system could produce 1 to 2 inches by Saturday night.

Heads Up...  Possible Arctic Blast The End Of January!

Long range models are starting to indicate another Arctic outbreak starting around Monday, January 26.  If this holds true we could be looking at some brutally cold temperatures with highs in the single digits and lows below zero!!!  Stay tuned...