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Sunday Night Update: The Latest On Our Winter Storm

SUNDAY NIGHT UPDATE

The largest snowfall since early December is beginning to take shape over NW Indiana as of 10pm Sunday night–but given the snow-free January and February…is that really saying much? Regardless, this storm system will bring us back to the reality that is late-winter around these parts. Here’s the very latest…

WHATS HAPPENING:

Our storm system continues to develop to our west and the drier air we had in place earlier today is beginning to saturate–aka we’re seeing snow begin to fall. Here’s a look at the 10:45pm radar:

You can see snow has already started to fall in Kouts and developed from Merrillville to Crown Point thereafter. A more steady snow will develop over the next few hours.

WHATS GOING TO HAPPEN:

We’ll see a steady snowfall take over into the early morning hours Monday with a few inches possible through noon. During the afternoon, our snow will become a bit more scattered with many quiet hours expected. With temperatures expected to head near or above freezing, I expect minimal impacts tomorrow afternoon from any snowfall.

LATEST ON THE LAKE EFFECT:

The lake effect snow band still looks to set up late tomorrow into Tuesday. With a northeast wind at first, the snow may focus solely on Cook County, essentially avoiding all of NWI. As the winds veer more to the north Tuesday into Tuesday night, this band of snow may work into Lake County and possibly Porter County before fading. While heavier accumulations are possible, Region Weather isn’t forecasting anything significant in our area as of Sunday night. This snowband will need to be watched closely however.

OUR SNOWFALL FORECAST:

Our going forecast still looks on track with a general 2-4 inches of fresh snow for all NWI locations. It’s possible we see a 5 inch accumulation, especially in Lake County, but we’ll stick in our 2-4 range for now. This does not include any additional lake effect snow Tuesday-Tuesday night. As of now, the majority of the lake effect snow looks to fall in NE Illinois. Lake County may still be impacted by this band. Stay tuned!

Here are a few models on snowfall totals:

These are not our forecasted amounts, but show the trend of heavier snowfall being centered in Cook County from any lake effect.

NEXT UPDATE:

Monday morning

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