Big changes for the end of the weekDecember 19th, 2012 at 6:32 am by Tara Hastings under Weather
Well we’ve been talking about this for several days and now the storm is about 24 hours away. While we’re going to see the bulk of the precipitation in the form of rain falling temperatures, gusty winds and snow showers will follow late Thursday afternoon and evening.
The storm is now near the four corners region producing some snow in the Denver area. Already there are Winter Storm Warnings and even Blizzard Warnings issued from Colorado through Michigan.
The track of the storm will move into the southern plains and eventually into the Great Lakes. The heavier snow will fall on the northwest side of the area of low pressure.
By later tonight the storm will already be in the southern plains and the warm front will be ready to move through the Dayton area.
We’re going to be on the warmer side of this storm system. This means we’ll see temperatures starting out in the lower 50′s by Thursday morning and early afternoon. Rain will be knocking on our doorstep by early Thursday morning and may be heavy at times. A rumble of thunder or a flash of lightning is not out of the question either.
Rain will be falling throughout much of the day Thursday. The cold front is expected to move through after 6pm. Once the front moves through temperatures will fall, winds will pick up and the precipitation will change over to snow showers.
Rainfall amounts will be around a half an inch to as much as three quarters of an inch.
By Friday morning the winds will continue to be gusty at times near 40-50 mph. There will also be the chance for some snow showers. Accumulations will be minimal because the bulk of the precipitation will fall in the form of rain.
With wind speeds so strong and temperatures falling into the 30′s wind chill factors will be in the teens for most of the day on Friday. Be sure to bundle the kids up as you take them to the bus stop. As always we’ll have the latest on this storm here online and tonight with Chief Meteorologist Brian Davis.