Sunday, February 24, 2013

Tuesday's Snow Totals Still Up In The Air

We've been getting a lot of questions about Tuesday's snow. As usual, the biggest question is, "How much snow are we going to get?" Since a small change in this storm's path means a big change in how much snow we actually get, we're still not sure... but just like last week's storm, it looks like we're getting snow and it's going to be messy come Tuesday.

Let's start off with Tuesday's watches and warnings. Most of the Stateline is under a Winter Storm Watch on Tuesday because of accumulating snow and strong winds that will cause blowing, drifting, and reduced visibilities.

All three of the NWS agencies that cover the Stateline are putting up big numbers with this storm.

NWS Quad Cities: 4-7"
NWS Chicago: Over 6" Possible
NWS Milwaukee: 5-9"

RPM Model: Accumulated Snow Through Noon Wednesday
Our in-house models aren't buying it just yet... and frankly, I'm waiting until Monday to believe it myself. While I think we'll get accumulating snow... I'm thinking 6" might be the high end of what we see with higher snow totals as you head south and west (Some model runs early Sunday were suggesting a bulls-eye around the Quad Cities).

Just like last week's storm system, here's what we know for sure. There will be accumulating snow on Tuesday and strong winds will make it messy, especially for the evening commute home. Snow will still be possible Wednesday, but it will not be as messy as Tuesday.

Stay tuned for more on this next system starting Monday morning with meteorologist Candice King and on the First Warn Weather blog! -BA

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