Windy Tonight with Gusts to 45 mph…..Tonight-Tomorrow…………….Thursday-Friday Winter Weather EventFebruary 18th, 2013 at 5:19 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
Two main waves of rain & perhaps isolated thunder & lightning will pass through this evening. Actual strong surface cold front is near Mississippi River & will roar through tonight with much colder temperatures & gusty winds to 45 mph.
It looks like two waves of gusts to 45 mph, one this evening & one later tonight & tomorrow morning. Some of the gusts in Illinois have been as high as 53 mph! We need to watch & make sure those do not make it in here. That will be monitored this evening & if the gusts need to be upped, will do so.
Rain will end tonight, but a few snow showers & flurries are possible late tonight-Tuesday morning. If there is any accumulation, it would be patchy & less than 0.5″.
Winter weather event will arrive Thursday afternoon. Still looks like snow to sleet to freezing rain Thursday afternoon-evening-night. Should change to a bit of rain/drizzle by late, late Thursday night-Friday morning as temperatures rise from 27 to 38. Temperatures may fall Friday afternoon to near 34 with a few flurries.
It looks like a windy system with 1-3″ of sleet & snow & 1/8″ of glaze ice. Will watch to see if we need to shift any of the totals.