Not only did we break the record highs on Wednesday, we shattered them! Records were in the low to mid 60s and we ended the day in the upper 60s to mid 70s!
I hope that you enjoyed it, because Winter is tracking back in. A strong low pressure system will track from Kansas through southeastern Iowa over the next 24 to 36 hours. This will bring a lot of wind along with a return to winter weather. Much of the viewing area will start off with rain, and even a few thunderstorms, later today into the evening hours.
The far northern counties could see snow taking over before Midnight. Heavy snow is possible there with areas to the south seeing a mix or just plain rain through the nighttime hours.
There is a VERY sharp cutoff between the snow and the rain. Plus, the ground is pretty warm, so much of the early snow will melt. Having said that, if the snow falls very fast, it will be able to turn into a slushy mess.
As the system tracks to the northeast, more cold air will change all the precipitation to snow by tomorrow afternoon and evening.
Snow and snow showers will continue Friday night into early Saturday morning before we dry out.
Oh… and we will have a lot of wind! Winds will gust to 30 mph today and up to 45 mph at times tonight with gusts to 30 mph tomorrow. Any snow will be blown around quite easily and will help to reduce visibilities… no matter how wet and heavy the snow is.
Since this storm is still in Kansas, there is plenty of opportunity for it to change its track. And even a 50 mile shift in that track will change how much snow we end up with. Another problem with pinning down snowfall amounts… the ground is warm, so there will be melting at first, which decreases amounts. There is the possibility of thundersnow, which would increase snowfall amounts. Essentially, this forecast will likely change over the next several hours… and maybe through the entire event… but here is a general idea of how it looks right now.
This forecast will change as the fine details become more clear. Stay tuned to the latest forecast and download the Storm Track 7 app on your mobile device.
This post was written by Eileen Loan on February 23, 2017