Here comes winter…January 11th, 2012 at 7:34 am by Jamie Jarosik under Weather
After a period of fabulous winter weather… things are changing! Our stretch of sunshine and 40s comes to an end today… on what we’re calling “Transition Wednesday”. There are two features that will affect us over the next two days:
One is the storm system to our southwest, which will bring today’s rain. The second feature is the one that will bring winter back–a strong cold front over the northern Plains this morning.
We’re already feeling the effects from feature #1… as the southern storm is spreading rain into our southwestern counties at 7am:
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Everyone will get wet as we head through the afternoon, with periods of rain likely. A few srain howers will linger tonight, and even through the first half of Thursday. It looks like the cold front will blast through shortly after lunch… sending temperatures tumbling tomorrow afternoon. We’ll see early highs in the upper 30s, and then plummet into the 20s for the second half of the day. The winds will also increase, so it will be downright blustery. Here’s the temperature/wind chill forecast for THURSDAY:
Once the front comes through, rain will change to snow… with the roads initially being just wet. But as the sun sets and temps continue to drop Thursday evening… snow will accumulate a bit, and slick conditions will develop on untreated surfaces. Snow showers will continue Thursday night into Friday… and you might need a little extra time to get where you’re going Friday morning. By the time it’s all over, 1 to 2″ of snow is possible, with some spots potentially seeing a bit more than that. This is a changing forecast… please check back with us on air and online at Channel 2, and we’ll tweak the forecast later today as more data becomes available!