While we'll continue to enjoy April like weather at the end of January, mother nature may have something up her sleeve in regards to the weekend storm.
The GFS, the National Weather Service model, has been trending slower and further west with the low. It develops the surface low near the Texas/Oklahoma panhandles and lifts it northeast through Missouri and into central Illinois. This track would yield the heaviest snow band setting up either on or very close to the Stateline. In fact, the raw model data from this morning's GFS run has a whopping 8.7" of snow! Yikes!
So, what is going to happen this weekend? A lot of this storm track depends on how the two jet stream branches phase. It seems as if the trend this winter has been for storms to take more of a northerly track bringing us more rainfall than snow. Now, that's not to say that this one will go further south and bring us 8" of snow but it's definitely worth watching if you have plans for the weekend.