Monday, January 9, 2017

Wintry Mess Expected Tonight

After a quiet and cold weekend, the weather pattern will flip for the week ahead.

A warm front is currently lifting across the area, and temperatures will slowly rise into the upper 20's and low 30's this afternoon. Most of today will be dry, but an incoming wave will bring flurries and light snow across northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin. Not much snow accumulation is expected, but some areas will notice a light dusting.

This evening is a time period we want to watch for slick and potentially hazardous travel conditions. With a warm front stalled in northern Wisconsin moisture and warm air will travel over the area; while an incoming low pressure will bring enough lift in the atmosphere to create a wintry mix overnight.

Temperatures will dip into the upper 20's tonight and then will quickly rise into the low 30's, but the ground temperature is going to play a big factor in what type of wintry weather we see. Any sleet or rain that arrives tonight has the potential to freeze on surfaces this evening. The time frame we want to watch is midnight to about 5am. As mentioned temperatures should quickly be rising above freezing, but this could still impact portions of the morning commute. No much ice accumulation is expected, and the rain will quickly melt it away, but slick areas will be possible in the morning. You'll plan extra time for the commute tomorrow and take it a bit slower.

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