Friday: A mostly cloudy sky, breezy with a scattered flurries and even a snow shower possible. High in the mid to upper 30s. West wind at 5 to 10mph. A dusting possible in a few spots.
Friday Night: A fair number of clouds. Low in the low to mid 20s. Winds light and variable.
Saturday: Increasing clouds… snow likely by early to mid afternoon. High in the mid 30s. Chance of snow 70%. Snow accumulation of a dusting to 2 inches by dark.
Happy New Year! With the start of the new year… some minor changes to the Almanac. We’ve added the daily records, as well as a few new precipitation statistics, that will help you see where we stack up against each month, as well as the year as a whole. We hope you find it useful.
Friday looks fairly quiet weather wise, and so does the early part of Saturday. For more forecast details, please check the HVW 5 Day Forecast.
Weekend Storm Update
The details continue to come into focus…
The storm looks like it could move quicker than originally expected… as a result, snow could break out from southwest to northeast during the early to middle part of Saturday afternoon (12pm to 4pm). We’ll continue to fine tune the start time over the next 24 hours.
The snow should mix with sleet rather quickly, and by the time everything changes to rain (7pm to 12am*), a general 1 to 3 inches of snow and sleet are likely… a few places could see as much as 4 inches. Most (if not all) of that will be washed away early on Sunday… as temps surge into the 40s and even 50s. We could also see a good soaking of rain, depending on the exact track of the moisture with this storm. Everything should taper off around mid day on Sunday, as the storm pulls northeast.
(* changeover time updated at 5pm Friday… originally was 6pm to 10pm)
Do you hear that sound? That’s the sound of the snow lovers gnashing their teeth, as another storm sabotages their hopes and dreams. When I was younger, weather patterns like the one we’re in, could put me into a depression. Cold air… followed by one day warm ups and rain… followed by more arctic air. That’s what we’ve got here. It’s been cold… cold enough for snow. But an atmospheric state known as a “positive NAO” is in place. Upper air low pressure over Greenland, helps support a ridge of high pressure in the southeast US, and that in turn helps push storms like this one, up into the Great Lakes. That storm track will turn snow to a wintry mix 100% of the time, and usually to plain rain as well. It’s just the way the atmospheric physics work.
But we have some SERIOUS cold coming next week. A lot of details to work thru, but here’s the GFS computer model’s forecast high temperatures for Thursday of next week (likely the coldest day). Snow or not… with the exception of Sunday… it’s going to feel like winter. Have a great Friday!