A strong and rapidly developing winter storm is expected to impact our weather this afternoon through Sunday morning. Significant snow accumulations, as well as strong winds with near blizzard conditions and dangerously low wind chill values, are possible. If you have travel plans or any other weather-sensitive plans you should monitor the latest forecasts and statements.
The storm is expected to move across the southern plains today and then lift northward toward the Great Lakes. The brunt of the precipitation will fall across our area from this afternoon through early Sunday morning.
This storm will involve rain changing to snow. During the transition, sleet and freezing rain accumulations up to a quarter inch will be possible along and east of the Mississippi River. Farther west, only minor ice accumulations are anticipated. The snow will be heavy at times with accumulations of 3 to 8 inches possible. In addition, an extended period of 25 to 40 mph winds, with higher gusts, will result in considerable blowing and drifting snow. Near blizzard or white-out conditions may occur.
Temperatures will also fall sharply as this storm system departs our area. Readings in the teens are expected by Sunday morning. The combination of strong winds and cold temperatures will lead to dangerously low wind chill values.
Temperatures are expected to remain below normal from Sunday into the middle part of next week.