As of March 4th, there have been 63 days in the year.
25 of those days had a temperature in the single digits or below 0.
47 days had temperatures that were below average.
An expansive winter storm will move in tonight as a low pressure system travels eastward. This low will deepen and become stronger as it pushes east and will allow for conditions to become more active as your Saturday night ticks in.
Winter Storm Warning is in effect for all counties in the Wabash Valley until 7 AM EST Monday.
TIMING: of this system has been consistent and looks to nose in by our late Saturday night around midnight EST. Sleet and/or a few snow flurries could start even a few hours before midnight or a little after.
Storm Team 10 Futurecast keeps a steady stream of snow in place for your Sunday morning and throughout most of Sunday. I believe early Sunday and again through the early evening is where we will see our most active and moderate to heavy snowfall.
The snow/sleet line stays around the US-50 corridor with the heaviest of the snow near the I-70 track. It looks at this time that the system will be mostly out of our region by early Monday morning.
HOW MUCH: This winter storm and the tracking has changed quite a lot through the last few days. This is the most current precipitation potential outlook as the models have updated through our Saturday. Once again the heaviest of the snowfall looks to be around the I-70 corridor 4″ – 7″ with minor ice accumulation. There may be locally heavier neighborhoods that might accumulate up to 8″+. As you travel further south, the better chance for more ice, snowfall totals could push up to 5″. Depending on the mixture line, those southern totals will fluctuate.
A few round of winter weather will impact the Wabash Valley this weekend. One much more potent than the other.
The first chance to see snow will move in through the overnight tonight into Saturday morning. This won’t be a major event with only an inch of snow at most expected.
Saturday will be dry and warmer with daytime highs back in the lower 40s.
A Winter Storm Watch goes into effect at 1 AM EST on Sunday. Snow & ICE accumulations are possible beginning around 1 AM Sunday through Monday morning.
The snow/sleet line looks to be just north of the I-70 corridor. Expect snow north and a snow/sleet mix elsewhere. This is Sunday morning.
Most of the Valley will continue to see a mix of mainly sleet and snow into the evening on Sunday. Here’s 7 PM:
We’ll start to see the sleet/snow line dip south after the 10 o’clock hour Sun. Snow becomes the main precip type. A bulk to the precip exits the area by early Monday morning. The Winter Storm Warning expires at 7 a.m. EST Monday.
Highest snowfall north of I-70 with 6-8″ and isolated spots up to 10″ possible. The snow/sleet line still isn’t a sure thing, but where sleet mixes in mainly along and south of I-70, snowfall accumulations will be a bit less but up to 0.25″ of ice is possible. Either way, travel will become dangerous and should be limited during the second half of the weekend.
Stay tuned to Storm Team 10 as we head through the weekend.
A cold front will drop across the region tonight and bring very cold conditions for the next few days. Then, another system will move in Friday night. This has the potential to bring snow, then a possibility of snow and freezing rain by Sunday. We’ll continue to track this developing situation for you.
February 22nd is historically the day George Washington was born. Except in 1731, when he was born, it was actually February 11th! What? It all boils down to the fact that, in some years, February has 29 days. That’s using the current Gregorian calendar, which was put into effect in 1752, twenty years after Mr. Washington was born. The Gregorian calendar was adopted because the previous Julian calendar, under which Mr. Washington was born, had become completely distorted in regard to seasons and Easter. As a result, September 2, 1752 was followed immediately by September 14!! The new calendar added 11 days and one year to George Washington’s birthday, making it February 22nd, 1732! Confusing? You bet! I’m still not sure which day should officially be Washington’s birthday. Some history I’ve read about Mr. Washington suggests he continued to regard February 11th as his real birthday.
The Storm Prediction Center has expanded the ‘slight risk’ of severe storms area to include the entire Wabash Valley. Damaging winds gusts up 60+ mph and flash flooding are the main concerns. It isn’t out of the question storms embedded in the line could contain rotation leading to brief spin-ups, although straight line winds look to be a bigger issue. Main timing of this is between 4 and 8 p.m. EST.
A line of t-storms develop along the cold front impacting our IL counties first just after 6 p.m. EST/5 p.m. CST. The line will push into our IN counties around 7 p.m. EST. We could see a few isolated thunderstorms popping-up ahead of the main line. These storms have the potential to reach severe limits with damaging wind gusts.
The line of thunderstorms will begin to exit our IL and impact mainly our IN locations around 8 p.m. EST. This is a very typical “squall line” set-up with all the upper-level atmospheric support needed for strong storm development. By 9 p.m. EST, this quick moving line will move into central Indiana and start to exit the Wabash Valley. Severe threat diminishes at this point as well.
Strong winds (45+ mph gusts) continue during the overnight/early Friday morning. Cold air returns & a few snow flurries are possible.
Stay tuned to Storm Team 10 throughout the day as we continue to bring you the latest both on-air and online at wthitv.com.