Cloudy and cold today. Weather Alert for Wednesday.
QUINCY (WGEM) - Low-level stratus clouds have been blanketing the area so far today. As we head into the late afternoon/early evening hours, some of the clouds will start to break apart. An area of high pressure will settle just to the south of us today. This high pressure has shifted our winds around to the southwest and we could have a few wind gusts of 20 to 25 mph. Daytime highs will be held down by the clouds, so we will be seasonable in the low to mid 30s. Wind chills this afternoon and evening will be in the 20s.
Tonight more clouds will start to arrive leading to mostly cloudy skies. We will remain dry though. Lows will be in the upper 20s to low 30s.
Our primary focus remains on tomorrow night into Wednesday when our next weather system will be arriving. Before this system arrives, it will be a cloudy day tomorrow with highs in the upper 30s. We will stay dry for the morning, afternoon and evening. It will be later that night when the system will arrive. When the precipitation begins, temperatures look to be warm enough for a brief rain/snow/sleet mix. As temperatures fall into the low 30s, that mix will quickly transition to just snow. The precipitation will move into the southern portion of the Tri-States first and then will spread north/northeastward through the rest of the area. The snow will continue overnight and into Wednesday afternoon. Then it will gradually clear out.
Confidence is high that this will be a winter storm that produces accumulating snowfall. Therefore we have a Weather Alert for Wednesday as it looks like travel will be impacted. Right now, totals could range from 1″ to 4″. We will refine this forecast as newer model runs come in today and tomorrow. But now is the time to plan ahead, just in case of any delays or cancelations.
In you are traveling, the highest snowfall totals with this system look to fall to our south. Closer to places such as St. Louis and Farmington, Missouri.
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