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Snow Tapers Off. COLD Moves IN!Hazardous Travel Throughout Chicagoland, Michiana and Southern Wisconsin Thursday, February 13th National Weather Service Outlook with Live Radar for Chicago, Michiana, Milwaukee, and Indianapolis. Brought to you by Les Cafe and Pancake House

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Chicago

An arctic cold front is quickly approaching. Temperatures will drop sharply behind it and any lingering wet spots on roadways will freeze. In addition, bursts of moderate to briefly heavy snow, combined with stronger wind gusts will result in blowing snow and areas of reduced visibilities. This will result in a period of very hazardous travel early this morning. Plan on allowing extra time to reach your destination this morning as a result!

Accumulating snow is expected Wednesday afternoon into Thursday. Snowfall rates will generally be light to occasionally moderate. A period of heavier rates is possible at onset of the snow Wednesday afternoon and conLight to occasionally moderate snowfall will continue tonight and into Thursday, and into Thursday evening across parts of NW Indiana in lake effect snow. A potential for bursts of more moderate and blowing snow will be possible Thursday morning, potentially overlapping the commute, which could result in another period of more hazardous travel. Increased commute times are expected as a result. Stay up to date on the latest forecasts and plan ahead for travel impacts.tinue into Wednesday evening, primarily south of I-80. Then on Thursday as a much colder air mass moves into the region, lake enhancement could add to totals in portions of northwest Indiana and possibly parts of northeast Illinois as well. Gusty north-northwest winds could result in blowing snow issues in open areas. The snow will taper off for most areas by or during Thursday afternoon, but then lake effect snow showers will likely continue into Thursday evening, possibly including portions of Lake and Porter counties. Continue to stay up to date with the latest forecasts and be prepared for potential travel impacts, including during the Wednesday evening and Thursday commutes.

In the wake of the expected accumulating snow, a brief blast of bitterly cold air will occur Thursday night into Friday. The lowest temperatures since winter 2019 are likely, including a late first sub-zero reading of the season for many locations. Breezy northwest winds Thursday evening will diminish to less than 10 mph by early Friday, with wind chill values bottoming out at about 10 to 20 below zero. Wind chills locally colder than 20 below are possible in portions of northern Illinois. Temperatures will only rise into the teens on Friday afternoon, though winds will be light under sunny skies.

Chicago Live Radar

Michiana

Across most of the region, light snow will taper gradually through the day with an inch or less additional snowfall. Temperatures will begin to plummet, falling through the 20s today and into the single digits above zero tonight. Lake effect snow will impact southwest Lower Michigan into northwest Indiana today into tonight with this cold air mass. Wind chill temperatures will bottom out in the 0 to 10 below zero range tonight. Friday’s highs will struggle through the teens. The cold will be short-lived, however, with temperatures rebounding to near normal Saturday into next week.

Michiana Live Radar

Milwaukee

Light snow will continue across the region this morning, before gradually diminishing later today. While only minor additional snow accumulations are expected, gusty north winds are creating areas of blowing and drifting snow. Many secondary roads are snow covered this morning, so be prepared to take a little extra time during the morning commute.


Milwaukee Live Radar

Indianapolis

Winter Weather Advisory until 1:00 PM Thursday. Additional light snow will move in overnight. Stay alert, and be safe on your morning commute! Light snow will be gradually ending from southwest to northeast today. But the accumulating snowfall should come to an end by early afternoon, with some lingering flurries or light snow showers into the afternoon before ending for portions of Northcentral Indiana. Temperatures will still be in the lower 30s today, but a cold front is approaching from the west/northwest and will usher in much colder air for tonight heading into Friday.

Indianapolis Radar

National Weather Outlook


National Radar Mosaic

12 Hour Precipitation

National Discussion and Travel Weather

By Campbell of the NWS

  • Light-to-moderate snow possible with some mixed freezing rain for portions of the northern Ohio Valley into Central New England
  • High elevation very heavy snows return to the Olympic and northern Cascade Mountains Thursday into Friday bleeding over to the northern Rockies by Friday

The leading frontal system that brought multiple days of widespread rain to the South, Tennessee Valley and areas east will continue to track through the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast states today before pulling offshore by Friday morning. Showers and thunderstorms will continue to fire along and ahead of this boundary. A secondary cold front will pass through the Great Lakes and the Ohio/Tennessee Valley, weakening as it reaches the Mid-Atlantic and southern portions of the Northeast. With the reinforcing shot of colder air and nearly stationary frontal boundary from Pennsylvania to Massachusetts, snow and/or a wintry mix will be possible from the Ohio Valley to New England.

An Arctic cold front is already progressing through the Northern Plains and Upper Midwest, and will continue to drop south and east bringing cold and drier conditions in its wake. Temperatures will be about 10-20 degrees below average from the Northern and Central Plains tomorrow (Thursday) and into the Ohio Valley and Interior New England/Lower Great Lakes by Friday. The cold surge does drop temperatures below normal across the Southern Plains, but only about 5-10 degrees as the coldest air is directed more east and south by later Thursday.

For the West, a series of low pressure systems from the Gulf of Alaska will make their way toward the Pacific Northwest and track across the Interior West toward the Rockies. The increased flux of moisture into the favored orographic areas of the Olympic and northern Cascade Ranges will result in rain at the lower and mid-elevations, however significant snowfall for the highest peaks – over 1 to 2 feet forecast across the Washington Cascades with the peaks of the range, perhaps as great as 3 to 4 feet through early Saturday. Heavy snows will bleed over the Northern Rockies and Blue Ranges by Friday with up to a foot, perhaps 2 feet in the peaks.


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