Happy Friday! It’s finally here and the bright sunshine looks great out there if it wasn’t for the howling winds.
Bitterly cold temperatures are coming in tonight and when you wake up Saturday morning, lows will be around -2° in the Quad Cities and even colder to the north.
However, once you factor in the wind, most of us will have wind chills in the -15° to -25° range.
Morning sunshine Saturday will give way to cloudy skies by afternoon and light snow will break out Saturday night.
The heaviest of the snow with the storm will fall Sunday.
For several days now, I’ve been telling you that this storm would be bringing in several inches of snow and for the past two days on “Local 4 News This Morning”, I called for 3″+ of snow.
This was the timeline I gave Friday morning for the storm.
Well, now that we’re just a day or so away from the start of the snow, the data is newer and the snowfall amounts can be more specific than 3″+.
After conferring with my colleague Andy McCray, we’re thinking 3-5″ of snow for much of the area late Saturday night through Sunday night.
Slightly higher amounts are expected across the far north and lesser amounts across the far south.
I’m actually buying into this snow being on the “high end” of those ranges. So, several 5″ totals are pretty realistic at this point.
It’ll be rather windy, so there’ll be a lot of blowing and drifting of snow Sunday into Monday
I’ll have another update Saturday morning to let you know if anything changes overnight. Make sure to keep up on the latest forecast.
Except for the bitter cold, Saturday will be a great day to run errands. That way, you can enjoy Valentine’s Day and the snow Sunday!