Worst of the Weather Tuesday Night with Strong Winds & SnowMarch 4th, 2013 at 1:21 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
NOTE: We will continue to monitor the storm track. Frequent updates will be made here through the evening & overnight hours, through Wednesday.
THIS AFTERNOON-EVENING: A little band of light snow/sleet & rain will pass for a bit. Any accumulation would be very light, if any. Skies will be mostly cloudy to cloudy. We are sitting at 36.4 right now, but may evaporatively cool to 32 as this little band passes.
TONIGHT: Rain & some sleet with freezing rain will develop tonight. Ice accumulations are possible, with best potential of decent icing north of U.S. 24. East winds will pick up at 15-25 mph. There may be minor accumulations between I-74 & U.S. 24, but that does not look too bad & less than 0.1″. 0.1″ accumulations look most likely north of U.S. 24. Temperatures will run from 30 in the north to 35 in the south.
TOMORROW: Rain is possible tomorrow morning with freezing rain north of U.S. 24. Up to 0.1″ of ice is possible there. After midday, changeover to snow from northwest & north to southeast & south is likely through the afternoon. Right now, looks like entire viewing area will be all snow by 5 p.m. Winds may gust from the east in the morning up to 25 mph, but they will actually decrease in the afternoon with east winds at 10-15 mph, turning to the northeast. Temperatures will fall from 32-36 in the late morning to 30-33 by late afternoon-evening. In the evening, winds will RAPIDLY RAMP UP. By 6-7 p.m. north-northeast winds will run 20-30 mph.
TOMORROW NIGHT: Tomorrow night will get NASTY. Widespread snow is likely with north-northeast winds becoming north at 25-40 mph. The highest gusts will be centered around the highest snowfall rates, which will be in the 10 p.m. to 2 a.m. time frame with frequent gusts to 40 mph. A few gusts to 43 mph are possible. Wind will blow & drift snow & just plaster it against north-facing signs, poles, trees & north-facing sides of homes.
By 6 a.m., winds will still be gusting to 38 mph, but snowfall will totally exit by 6 a.m. Temperatures will drop to 25-27 degrees. Total accumulations will run 2-7″ from southwest to northeast. Went from 2-6″ to 2-7″ to account for an amount over 6″ along the Kankakee River & in northern Fulton County.
Storm will metamorphisize into significant Nor’Easter with up to 24″ of snow in Maryland & eastern West Virginia & the potential of 15″ in northern Virginia. Parts of the D.C. area may see 12″. Storm may bring up to 8-12″ of snow to Long Island to Massachuetts.
WEDNESDAY: Wednesday just look mostly cloudy & cold with gusty north winds up to 36 mph. Highs will run 31-35. It may be wind with some continued blowing & drifting, but strong March sun angle will help to melt snow some, along with most areas seeing freezing mark or slightly above.
The snow won’t last too long. Highs will be near 40 Thursday & near 50 Friday.