Outlook Now-February 25 Based On the Latest DataFebruary 14th, 2013 at 10:23 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
Scattered snow showers & flurries will periodically move through the area tonight-Saturday. 1″ or less of accumulation will occur in some places. Gusty winds of up to 29 mph will accompany the snow showers & colder air surging in.
Sunday looks snow-free, but clouds will be on the increase with skies becoming overcast by evening-night with temperatures leveling off near 29, then rising to near 33 by early morning. Some sleet is possible early, followed by a changeover to rainfall. The rain may end as a period of wet snow Tuesday morning as colder air rushes in. If there is any accumulation, it looks very minor. Temperatures may fall from 44 Monday at midnight to 33 by mid-morning & 29 by afternoon with brisk winds. System will likely have another round of severe weather & some flooding in the southern U.S.
Wednesday & Thursday look calmer, dry & cold with sun & highs in the 20s.
Early to mid-next week, a significant storm will impact California with heavy rainfall & mountain snow with heavy snowfall overspreading the West. I think this will be a significant storm for the eastern U.S. later next week.
Early indications show parameters conducive to a severe weather outbreak with tornadoes (if current situation does occur, some could be violent & long-lived) in the southern U.S. with a major winter storm accompanying it. Where the substantial to significant snowfall & icing occur is in question. Trends points towards heavy, wind-driven snow (perhaps blizzard conditions) in Iowa, Wisconsin, Michigan & perhaps northwestern Illinois. Here, looks like snow, changing to sleet to freezing rain, then to rain before ending with a few flurries & a lot of wind accompanying the storm. We will watch this one. Changes in track will change this outlook.