Sunday, January 1, 2017

Snowy to the North and Stormy to the South

From snowy weather over the Rockies, Plains and Midwest to severe thunderstorms down along the Gulf coast, the beginning of 2017 will be a little bit of a rocky start for some.

Developing low pressure out west will lift northeast through the Plains and into the Upper Midwest by Tuesday morning.  Ahead of the low a moderately unstable air mass will develop in the south with a threat for severe weather later Sunday evening over parts of Texas, but a greater threat for severe weather Monday from Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

On the colder side of this system Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warnings have
been issued for almost all of Montana, North and South Dakota, northern Iowa, Minnesota and Wisconsin.  Snowfall totals adding up over half a foot of snow are possible with a little freezing rain further south in Iowa.

Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin are stuck in the middle Monday afternoon.  As moisture is pulled northward Sunday night and Monday morning there is a very slight chance for a little freezing drizzle early Monday before a transition over to a little light rain.  The day won't be a complete washout and we may end up with mostly drizzle, low clouds and fog most of the day.

A strong cold front arrives Tuesday knocking temperatures down from the 30's Monday and early Tuesday into the teens beginning Tuesday night and lasting through the rest of the week.

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