Tracking a potential winter storm
QUINCY (WGEM) -The weekend forecast looks pretty good for the region. Temperatures for Saturday running up to near 40 degrees. It will be a touch cooler on Sunday. Both days will feature a mostly sunny sky. Southerly wind begins to kick in on Sunday night. That will usher in very warm temperatures for Monday with daytime high temperatures near 50 degrees. This is nowhere near the record, the record is 72 degrees, set back in 1989.
Then we enter a rather active weather pattern with rain in the forecast Monday. Temperatures begin to cool Tuesday night and into Wednesday this will allow for that rain to flip over to a wintry mix. The track of this storm is very uncertain at this time. The amounts of snow are very uncertain at this time period. What we do know is that there will be a winter weather event for the Midwest. As this storm develops, we will be able to better pin down the snowfall amounts. However, it is very important to remember that the amount of snow is not as important as the impacts of the snow. We do expect hazardous driving conditions to develop Tuesday night through Wednesday, with slick roads and reduced visibility. Wednesday night, Thursday and Thursday night the temperatures become bitterly cold. When temperatures drop to the single digits and below zero many of the road treatments and ice melting products do not work very well. That is true for road crews and your home also. So, if you want to get things cleaned up, you’ll need to get out and do it as soon as the wintry precipitation stops and before the truly Arctic air settles in.
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