With mid to upper 20s this afternoon, this was the coldest afternoon since February 11. Tonight looks to be the coldest night since February 12. The record low in the 1879-present West Lafayette weather records for the morning of November 14 is 8 set in 1986.
Typically, the first 16 of the winter is December 1-5 over the viewing area. Lows tonight will run 14-19.
The wind will not be a factor tonight or tomorrow morning to make it feel much colder.
Tomorrow will feature sunshine & just some increasing high & mid clouds from the south & southeast. Highs will run 35-38 with northeast winds increasing to 10-15 mph by afternoon.
The first two snows have been minor with variable accumulations of a trace to 2". The only one to bring any winter driving concerns was the one last night. We had some icy patches with the second one that resulted in a few accidents, mainly in areas that received more snowfall. It required a little bit of salt to be put down.
This one looks plowable (though not a lot to plow per sey) with the requirement of more salt & sand. So...............
TIMING: 6 a.m. to 10 p.m.
PRECIP TYPES: Light sleet, freezing rain, some flakes to all snow.
ACCUMULATION AMOUNTS: 1-3" of snow, less than 0.1" of sleet & freezing rain.
WIND: Northeast to north 13-25 mph
TEMPERATURES: 27, then reaching 32 before dropping to 28 before ending.
PLOWABLE: Some minor plowing
CHEMICALS NEEDED? Yes.
CHEMICALS WORK WELL? Yes.
CONFIDENCE IN GETTING THE IMPACTFUL PRECIPITATION: HIGH
CONFIDENCE IN PROJECTED TOTALS: LOW-END MEDIUM
Heavy accumulations of 4-9" will occur over southern Illinois & will not be that far away. What will cut our totals will be development of East Coast Nor'Easter, which will rob our system of its energy & moisture.
Melting will be good Friday with sunshine & highs 38-45 with strong southwest winds.