Snowy Saturday Ahead: Here’s What To Expect [UPDATED]

I hope over the years you’ve learned that we like to keep it real here at Region Weather. Not only do you have an actual meteorologist working for you, but I don’t do anything for “clicks” or sensationalize a forecast for viewer ratings. That being said, our weekend snow will be very manageable. However, after a slow December and start to January–this will be a newsworthy storm system simply because it’s bringing snow back to the Region after its hiatus. Let’s dive in.

WINTER WEATHER ADVISORIES and WINTER STORM WARNINGS have been issued this morning out ahead of this system. Highest snow totals and the most impactful part of this storm will be in the pink shaded areas (winter storm warnings) including St. Louis and southern Illinois and Indiana including Indianapolis:


A closer look at our Winter Weather Advisory issued by the NWS:



An area of low pressure will work its way northeast out of the southern Plains into the Missouri Valley with snow overspreading southern Illinois and Indiana Friday night into Saturday morning:nwi3

The low will then head east into the Tennessee Valley–well south of the Region–but the moisture and resulting snowfall will spread far enough north to begin impacting most of Indiana during the day Saturday. Light to moderate snow will fall throughout the afternoon before beginning to diminish Saturday night.nwi4

As the system departs, we may have some lingering flurries or snow showers into early Sunday before we become partly cloudy during the day.


[FRIDAY MORNING UPDATE] The track of our storm system hasn’t change a whole lot, but the amount of available moisture has ramped up just a bit. As a result, models are coming in with higher snowfall totals. While we’re not going to immediately drink the koolaid, I do think it’s a good idea to cover some of the higher potential totals in our range–especially in our southern communities where we still think the most snow will fall. Our updated forecast will include 1-3 with isolated 4 for Lake, Porter, and La Porte Counties, with 2-5 with isolated 6 inch totals for Newton and Jasper counties. Here are all the models and their updated numbers just to give you an idea of what we’re looking at:


In summary, the timing looks like this over the weekend:


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