Chicago will be caught in between two major midweek weather events that includes a blizzard and severe weather as Meteorological Winter comes to a close. All apart of one system, the northern branch will entail a major winter storm that will include blizzard-like conditions that will impact many across the Plains and Upper Midwest region. Blizzard watches are up for parts of North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota, while winter storm watches/advisories encompasses as many as 9 states (MI, WI, MN, IA, SD, ND, NE, WY, & MT). The blizzard will start from Tuesday afternoon and linger though Wednesday afternoon. Anywhere from a foot to a foot and a half of snow is expected to bury towns/communities such Pierre & Aberdeen (South Dakota), Fargo & Grand Forks (North Dakota), and Fergus Falls (Minnesota) with whiteout conditions from blowing and drifting snow. Cities such as Minneapolis and Green Bay could see significant snow accumulations in addition to a mixture of sleet/freezing rain. While many locations will experience many snow, a significant ice storm is expected for Grand Rapids and several other towns over western Lower Michigan. If forecast verifies, a number of towns will recover in terms of seasonal snowfall amounts in what has been a very mild winter.
The southern branch of this system will include a potential outbreak of severe weather that could include tornadoes across the central and southern Plains and Missouri Valley Tuesday/Tuesday night. On Wednesday, the threat shifts east across the Ohio Valley and Southeast regions.
Showers will develop in the evening hours Tuesday across central Illinois, northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin, and northwest Indiana. Overnight, rain will then develop, becoming heavy at times with the possibility of a thunderstorm. Rain/showers come to an end Wednesday afternoon. Temperatures will remain unseasonably warm for much of the week, but a shot of cooler weather accompanied with our second system that could bring rain changing over to snow will arrive Friday into Saturday.
Tuesday: Increasing clouds. Showers developing in the evening. Showers develop into rain with the possibility of thunderstorms at night. Highs in the mid 40s. Winds southeast 5-15 mph increasing 10-20 mph in the evening.
Wednesday: Breezy. A flurry or two is possible. Highs in the lower 40s. Winds southeast becoming west-northwest 10-20 mph with higher gust.
Thursday/Meteorological Spring: Partly cloudy. Highs in the lower to mid 40s. Winds south 5-15 mph.
Friday: Increasing clouds. Afternoon rain changes over to snow at night. Highs in the lower to mid 40s. Winds southerly in the day becoming northwest and gusty in the evening 15-25 mph with higher gust.
Saturday:Unseasonably cold and blustery with lingering snow flurries. Highs in the lower 30s. Winds northwest 10-20 mph with gust up to 40 mph.
Sunday: Unseasonably cool with light snow. Highs in the lower 30s. Winds north-northwest 5-15 mph.
Monday: Mostly sunny, windy, and warmer. Highs in the mid 50s. Winds southwest 15-25 mph gusting to 40 mph.
8-15 day outlook (Long-range Forecast)
Tuesday Mar 6: Highs in the 50s.
Wednesday Mar 7: Highs in the 50s.
Thursday Mar 8: Highs in the 40s.
Friday Mar 9: Highs in the 30s.
Saturday Mar 10: Highs in the 40s.
Sunday Mar 11:Highs in the 50s.
Monday Mar 12:Highs in the 30s.
Tuesday Mar 13: Highs in the 40s.
Wednesday Mar 14: Highs in the 50s.
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