Calm Before The Snow & Next Arctic Chill

UPDATED POST:  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014, 4:08 p.m.

Saturday turned out to be a beautiful day with plenty of sunshine.  However, falling temperatures into the teens and wind chills below zero made the day less desirable.

Snow is on the way late tonight into Sunday.

A “Winter Weather Advisory” is in effect for the Quad Cities from midnight through 9 a.m. Sunday for the snow coming in.  However, on the map above, a “Winter Storm Warning” (fuchsia) goes into effect from 6 p.m. Sunday through 3 p.m. Monday for bitter cold temperatures and wind chills, along with blowing and drifting snow.

There could be some 4″ isolated totals around the Quad Cities and to the north, an isolated 5″ total is not out of the question.

As I blogged earlier today, I didn’t anticipate any changes in the temperatures and wind chill forecast.  So, I’m going to copy and paste that from my earlier update so you don’t have to search for it!

It’ll be rather mild the first part of Sunday in the 20s and 30s.  However, once the Arctic cold front passes through in the afternoon, temperatures will quickly fall through the teens and then the single digits Sunday evening and by Monday morning, we’ll be well below zero.

With temperatures of -5° to -15° Monday morning and winds of 20-40 MPH, wind chills will be in the -20° to -40° range.

Highs will remain below zero Monday and Monday night’s lows will drop to -10° to -20° with wind chill factors of -25° to -50° (far north)!

No real recovery is expected Tuesday.  By the middle and end of the week, temperatures will be more bearable!

Anthony

ORIGINAL POST:  SATURDAY, JANUARY 25, 2014, 6:32 a.m.

This weekend will start off sunny, windy, and colder today and end on a bone-chilling and possibly life-threatening note with snow, blowing snow, very cold temperatures, and dangerous wind chills Sunday.

Friday night’s snow is now over and the sun will return today.  Morning temperatures in the 20s and 30s will fall into the single digits and teens today and wind chills (the way it actually feels outside) will go below zero.

Our next snow begins Saturday night and ends Sunday.

Right now, a “Winter Weather Advisory” is in effect today through 9 a.m. Sunday for the snow that fell Friday night and for the falling temperatures and re-freezing today. This also covers the snow coming in tonight and early Sunday that could accumulate to a few inches, especially north.

A “Winter Storm Watch” goes into effect Sunday afternoon through Monday morning for the snow and blowing snow, bitterly cold temperatures and wind chills that arrive Sunday afternoon into Monday morning.

While today will be snow free, the snow will develop northwest to southeast across the area well after dark tonight.  There will be several hours of moderate snow.

Since we’re Midwesterners, this isn’t a huge snow event.  However, with winds increasing to 20-40 miles-per-hour (MPH) Sunday afternoon and Sunday night, there’ll be considerable blowing snow, which could cause white out conditions!

Now, let’s talk temperatures.  It’ll be rather mild the first part of Sunday in the 20s and 30s.

However, once the Arctic cold front passes through in the afternoon, temperatures will quickly fall through the teens and then the single digits Sunday evening and by Monday morning, we’ll be well below zero.

With temperatures of -5° to -15° Monday morning and winds of 20-40 MPH, wind chills will be in the -20° to -40° range.

Highs will remain below zero Monday and Monday night’s lows will drop to -10° to -20° with wind chill factors of -25° to -50° (far north)!

No real recovery is expected Tuesday.  By the middle and end of the week, temperatures will be more bearable!

I know from the number of shares of my blog Friday night and the more than 7,500 views in about 12 hours that you’re taking this seriously.  Thank you.  I appreciate you getting the word out.

Be safe and I’ll have another update today, especially if the snow forecast totals change. The cold and wind forecast will NOT be changing.

Anthony

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4 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Matt on January 25, 2014 at 7:01 am

    Your explanations are always so easy to understand.

    Reply

  2. Truly, Anthony, the best weather blog out there. Detailed, thorough, and easy to understand, Stay warm, yourself 🙂

    Reply

    • Stacia,

      Thank you.

      I want my weathercasts and blogs to be simple and to the point. I’m supposed to be the one with the science degree and not the people that read my blog and want to know the basics. 🙂

      I appreciate your kind words. Stay warm, too.

      AP

      Reply

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