Some Chilly Showers Today…….Wind & Rain Thursday with Some Snow Thu. Night-Friday (Largely Lake Effect)December 17th, 2012 at 1:32 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
Some showers are passing through & will continue to do so through the afternoon to evening. Highs near 41 still look good. A flake or two may mix in before it ends.
Otherwise, count on dry weather until Thursday when a powerful storm with strong winds will pass & bring the coldest air of the season, so far, to end the week.
This will bring a significant winter storm of snow & wind from Colorado to Iowa, northwestern Illinois, Wisconsin & Michigan. Here, the rain may end as some wind-driven snow showers, followed by wind-driven lake effect snow showers in our northeastern counties. Gusts as high as 45 mph are possible Thursday-early Friday in the viewing area with this powerful storm system. Near blizzard/blizzard conditions may develop to ourwest & northwest from Kansas to Iowa, northwestern Illinois, Wisconsin & Michigan mid- to late-week with winds gusts to 50 mph & snow.
There is a much higher frequency of significant snowfalls so far this winter compared to last winter, in the United States, specifically in the West, northern Midwest/Plains & Northeast, signaling a more normal winter pattern (rather than lack of snow nationwide [except in west Texas where it was one of the snowiest winters on record!] last winter).