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17 Takeaways About Winter Storm This Weekend

Here is the latest information on the upcoming winter storm as of late evening.

Posted: Jan. 18, 2019 9:01 PM
Updated: Jan. 18, 2019 9:55 PM

SNOW & ICE:

1.  Some light snow may sneak into northwest closer to midnight, but much of the snow will not overspread the area until after 3 a.m.  It may begin as a brief bout of light freezing rain.

2.  Snow later tonight through tomorrow, ending very late afternoon northwest to early tomorrow evening in southeast. 

3.  Heaviest snow morning to early afternoon.

4.  A period of sleet & freezing rain is possible over Fountain & Montgomery counties (more in the southern parts of these counties & less to none in the north part) in the overall snowfall event.  0.1" or less of ice is possible.

5. Widespread blowing & drifting snow is expected with poor visibility. Travel will be difficult to near impossible.  Drifts may reach a couple/few feet deep in open rural areas.

6.  5-8" snowfall expected (a few isolated totals will likely be slightly under 5" & a few slightly more than 8", but kept it 5-8" overall).

7.  Snowfall will be a bit wet at first, then go to normal 10:1 consistency, before becoming increasingly dry & powdery with time, after noon.

8.  A few local lake effect flurries & snow showers are possible later Saturday night to Sunday.  A localized fluffy dusting/coating is possible.

WIND:

1.  Windy all day with gusts +30 mph from the northeast. 

2.  Peak wind gusts late afternoon-early evening easily 35-40 mph with potential of a few 40-50 mph gusts-from the northeast to eventually north-northeast. 

3.  It sure looks like the best potential of a few isolated 40-50 mph gusts could be narrowed down to the 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. period, which would result in ground blizzard conditions.

4.  Gusts of 30-40 mph will continue through Saturday night & into Sunday morning.

5.  Despite snow tapering, blowing & drifting issues will continue right up to late morning to even midday Sunday.  Winds will tend to relax Sunday afternoon.

TEMPERATURE:

1.  Temperatures will hover around 27-32 tonight through tomorrow morning, followed by falling temperatures afternoon to low to mid 20s by 5 p.m.

2.  Wind chills of 10-15 will drop to 0-5 by later evening.

3.  Temperatures may drop to 6-12 by Sunday morning with wind chills to -14.

4.  With the big temperature drop in the afternoon & into the evening & night, slush will freeze & harden on many roadways.  Slushy roads will become a sheet of ice as vehicle tracks pack the snow & friction of tires melts it initially.

PRECIPITATION:

WIND GUSTS SATURDAY 5 A.M. TO SUNDAY 6 P.M.

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Drying out with seasonal temps as we finish the work week.
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