We are in our second straight morning with a Wind Chill Advisory, as the bitter cold continues across the region. Today, temps are again in the single digits, with wind chills running around -10. This is dangerously low, and spending time outdoors is not recommended this morning, if you can avoid it. This advisory will go through 10am.
Today will be a dry day, with high pressure in control and some afternoon sunshine. As temperatures come up into the upper teens for highs, our wind chills will improve as well. We will see them climb above zero!
Clouds increase tonight ahead of the first of two storm systems. The first one is a combo of a surface low to the south, and upper level energy to the northwest. Both of these will impact the area Wednesday, as snow develops during the morning drive. Overall snow amounts look light, but the timing is everything, as it is coming during morning rush hour. Here is our thinking on snow totals through early afternoon:
Be aware, that the snow will make the morning drive slick, and could also reduce visibility at times. The heaviest snow will fall in the southern counties, with the potential for 1.5″ or 2″ in parts of Butler, Warren or Clinton counties. Snow will taper off shortly after lunchtime, and we will get a dry day on Thursday. It also won’t be quite as cold Thursday, with highs climbing up near 30-degrees.
There is a lot of talk about the second storm this week–the one that will affect us on Friday. It is great because it gets people AWARE of a POSSIBILITY… but it is not-so-great because there is still a lot of uncertainty on what this storm means for our area. Over the past two days, I’ve seen model runs that give us an inch or so… and I’ve seen model runs that give us much more than that. The problem is, it’s too early to tell what this system will do. For one, it is still over the ocean… it hasn’t even made it over the US yet!
Once it does (this evening/tonight) models will get a better feel for how it will evolve. We will be a bit more certain on track and strength on Wednesday… and especially on Thursday. So stay tuned to the evolving forecast!