Significant Snow Possible Friday

THURSDAY MORNING UPDATE:  January 19, 2012

My forecast and blog last night still looks good.  The only difference is that there’s now a “Winter Storm Watch” in effect from Friday morning through Friday evening for Carroll, Jo Daviess, Stephenson, and Whiteside counties in Illinois, and for Clinton, Dubuque, Jackson, and Jones counties in Iowa.  I do believe that, at least, a “Winter Weather Advisory” will be issued for the rest of the Mississippi and Illinois Valleys by later today for tomorrow.

Light snow should begin by daybreak Friday and get heavier as the morning goes on.  The heaviest snow will fall across the northern hometowns where the “Winter Storm Watch” has been issued.

Snowfall amounts along and north of I-80 will be in the 4-8″ range, while south of I-80, 2-4″ will fall.  The highest totals of these ranges will be north.  The lowest end of these ranges will be south.

So, basically, 4-5″ in the Quad Cities, around 8″ in Dubuque, and around 2″ in Macomb and Burlington.  But, as you know, there are always isolated higher totals.

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST :  Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 4:36 p.m.

A significant snow event is likely for parts of the area Friday.

Details are still coming together, but it looks like areas from the Quad Cities northward to Minnesota and Wisconsin could see a healthy amount of snow, while our southern hometowns will see lighter accumulation amounts.

An inch of two of snow is expected tonight into Thursday morning with very cold temperatures Thursday with highs only around 10°-15°.

Now, the snow. While the National Weather Service office has not issued a “Winter Storm Watch”, I want you to prepare and be on the watch for a WINTER STORM Friday.

Light snow will develop before daybreak Friday and continue through Friday evening. While light snow is expected in our southern hometowns, moderate snow will likely fall from mid-morning through late afternoon from the Quad Cities northward.

While this storm is still about 36 hours away, I think hometowns from Interstate 80 northward will see snowfall totals of 4-8″, while south of I-80, 2-4″ of snow should accumulate.

As with any winter storm, this could change and I’ll check out the models again later this evening and post any updates.

Anthony

3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Kathy Markham McCoy on January 18, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    Gee whiz…I’m about ready to break out some Christmas lights to hang against the snowy backdrop. “I’m Mister White Christmas, I’m Mister Snow. I’m Mister Icicle, I’m Mister Ten Below. Friends call me Snow Miser …” 🙂

    Reply

  2. Posted by Cindy Carney on January 19, 2012 at 8:13 am

    Hoping for “Big Snow ” until Bruce say’s “lets get out there and start shoveling”

    Cindy

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  3. Posted by Larry on January 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    bummer !!! thanks for the update

    Reply

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