Sections of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Illinois are under a Winter Storm Watch late tonight through Thursday night. This does not include the Chicago area at this time.
A developing winter storm system will spread snow into portions of Montana and the Dakotas tonight. By tomorrow morning the low pressure system will be located across western Iowa spreading snow across parts of Iowa and Minnesota and a rain/snow mix across central and northern Illinois. The winter storm system will then quickly move across central Illinois and central Indiana Thursday afternoon. That’s when accumulating snow will develop across northwest Illinois and southern Wisconsin.
People planning to travel along Interstates 90 and 94 from Milwaukee to Sioux Falls will need to pay close attention to this developing weather situation. Snow totals will range anywhere from 6-10 inches in the areas under the Winter Storm Watch.
A rain/snow mix during the day will decrease our snow totals of anywhere from a dusting to 5 inches here in the Chicagoland area. The heaviest snow will fall north of the city close to the Illinois/Wisconsin border.
Thursday: A.M rain/snow transitioning to all snow in the evening. Snow accumulations 0-5″ with the highest amount north. Highs in the mid 40s. Winds south 10-20 mph with higher gust shifting north-northwest in the evening.
Friday: Falling temperatures and breezy with light snow showers or flurries. Highs in the upper 30s. Winds north-northwest 15-25 mph with gust as high as 40 mph.
Saturday: Partly to mostly cloudy. Unseasonably cool. IN/MI lake snow. Highs in the mid to upper 30s. Winds northwest 10-20 mph.
Sunday: Mostly cloudy, cool, and breezy. Highs in the lower to mid 30s. Winds becoming southerly 15-25 mph with gust as high as 40 mph.
Monday: Decreasing clouds. Highs in the upper 30s to lower 40s. Winds northwest 10-20 mph.
Tuesday: Increasing clouds. Rain developing in the afternoon. Highs in the mid 40s. Winds southeast 5-15 mph increasing 10-20 mph in the evening.
Wednesday: Windy and wet. Highs in the upper 40s. Winds southeast becoming northwest 10-20 mph with higher gust.
8-15 day outlook (Long-range Forecast)
Thursday Mar 1: Highs in the 30s/40s.
Friday Mar 2:Highs in the 40s.
Saturday Mar 3:Highs in the 40s.
Sunday Mar 4:Highs in the 40s/50s.
Monday Mar 5:Highs in the 40s.
Tuesday Mar 6:Highs in the 40s.
Wednesday Mar 7: Highs in the 50s.
Thursday Mar 8: Highs in the 50s.
Friday Mar 9: Highs in the 40s.
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