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Winter hangs on a little longer

Everyone may be ready for spring, but Mother Nature wants us to know it is still winter. Being February 15th, it’s understandable. Some warm weather is in the forecast but not before some more snow.

Warm up in sight
Mike Groenke

A weak clipper system will move through the region late tonight and early Sunday morning. This will be similar to what happened on Friday evening only with less moisture. Thus, snowfall totals will be much lower. Expect anywhere from a dusting to perhaps an additional inch of snow by mid-morning on Sunday. Even with such small amounts, untreated roads will be icy from the combination of Friday night’s snow and Sunday morning’s snow.

The snow will come to an end quickly by the latter half of the morning, but clouds will be stubborn to leave. Expect highs on around 30 degrees on Sunday afternoon.

Another clipper system will impact the region on Monday. This one will be quite a bit stronger and pack more of a punch. The good news is that the stronger surface low should kick up some warmer air from the south and get us above freezing by the second half of the event.

The bad news lies in the first half of the precipitation Monday afternoon and early evening. This could fall as some light snow of even freezing rain. Just as an early heads up, the evening commute could be a little slick. Amounts will not be very high (either an inch of snow or 1/10th inch of ice) but even a little bit of ice can cause issues for the roads. Keep that in mind if you have to be out late Monday afternoon.

Any rain or freezing rain late Monday evening will briefly change back to some light snow before it exits overnight. This system will not pull down much cold air behind it for Tuesday. In fact, highs will head into the 40s for both Tuesday and Wednesday. We may even be looking at 50s for Thursday! There is some rain in the forecast both Wednesday and Thursday though. At this point, we should be happy just to see the thermometer rise regardless of rain chances though.

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