Wintry mix to rain to rain/snow to snow to bitter cold.
Got all of that?
Our storm system is on the move and will move through the Region today bringing a quick-dose of accumulating wet snow before the temps crash later this evening into tonight.
THE BIG PICTURE
This storm is a wind-maker and that wind will create blizzard conditions in Iowa today and heavy accumulating snow in Wisconsin and Michigan. Locally we’ll see some wintry mix to start that will change over to some rain. Once the front passes that rain will quickly change to a wet snow that could be heavy at times this afternoon before much colder air rushes in tonight. This won’t be a big snow-maker for us, BUT we’ll likely encounter some heavier snowfall rates at times and our snowfall forecast remains unchanged as we’re still expecting several inches favoring our northern counties (as we were several days ago).
The heaviest snowfall rates are expected between 2pm and 9pm today before the snow becomes more scattered later this evening into tonight.
TEMPS CRASH TONIGHT
We’ll go from the 30s to the low 10’s by daybreak tomorrow. That cold will be locked in through the weekend and as it looks now, almost ALL of next week with doses of arctic air moving in and through the Region. Hello February…yikes!
Winds will be strong at times today gusting over 40 mph at times as the rain changes to snow. Visibilities will likely be low at times later today with wind-whipped snow falling. That wind will continue to blow in arctic cold tonight.
HOW MUCH SNOW TODAY?
Not everyone will change over from rain to rain/snow to snow at the same time, it’ll likely be a sloppy changeover. That being said, snowfall amounts will vary from place to place, but in general we’re expecting 2-4 inches across our northern counties (Lake, Porter, LaPorte) with 1-3 across our southern counties (Newton, Jasper, Starke). This will be another wet, heavy snow with our high liquid content. Not fun to push around to shovel.
Beyond this we get COLD. And stay cold.
We’ll keep you updated throughout the day!