Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Winter Blast Returning Wednesday

Record high temperatures, heavy rain and even a few thunderstorms have been the story of our Tuesday, but winter is back with a vengeance come Wednesday.

Radar and satellite just before 6:00pm Tuesday shows heavy rain still rolling through Illinois, with snow back into parts of Nebraska and Kansas. Rain won't switch over to snow until after midnight for the most western parts of the viewing area.

Once the switchover begins, snow will begin to accumulate fast. Winter Storm Warnings and Winter Weather Advisories are set to kick in overnight and last through the day Wednesday for northwestern Illinois and southern Wisconsin.

RPM Model: Wednesday Snow Accumulation
The main concerns Wednesday will be heavy snow and strong winds. Model runs are showing the heaviest snow to our northwest, with some areas receiving more than half a foot of accumulation by late Wednesday.

Here's our official forecast:
4-8" for northwestern parts of the viewing area
2-4" for the Rockford metro
1-3" for southeastern parts of the viewing area. 
Official Snow Forecast for Wednesday
Winds gusts Wednesday will hit 30-35mph, causing blowing snow and reduced visibilities across the Stateline.

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