HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!
A brisk, cold & quiet beginning to 2014 today will be followed by snowy & even colder & windier times evolving tonight through the start of Friday. A storm developing & moving out of the Upper Midwest will deliver some light snow into the area late today into tonight. The snow intensity should increase late tonight into Thursday, as deformation zone sets up & leads about 1 to 3 or 4" of snow tonight & 3 to 6" on Thursday with winds slowly increasing too. Temperatures will dropping into the low teens tonight & not climbing much on Thursday with highs maybe making it to around 15 with wind chills around 0 with some blowing & drifting at times. The storm will transfer it's energy & merge with another developing storm off the Mid-Atlantic Coast late Thursday & Thursday night and as the storm off the coast takes over will pull the storm snow away pretty quickly Thursday night, which is when the lake snows should evolve on a bitter north-northeast flow for awhile Thursday night into the start of Friday. Lake snows will likely taper off by Friday afternoon with another 2 to 6", if not a bit more, likely to accumulate Thursday night & Friday morning across much of the area. This should lead to snowfall totals by midday Friday of about 8 to 14", if not a little more in isolated locales where the heaviest lake snows occur. The other big story will be the falling temperatures & wind chills & some blowing & drifting. Highs on Thursday will only make the low to mid teens, while single digits will be felt Thursday night & Friday with wind chills around 0 Thursday & going well below 0 Thursday night into Friday making for dangerous conditions to be out for any extended period of time. Remember the pets. Keep them in as much as possible too.
Temperatures will warm to more seasonable levels over the weekend with some sun Saturday & a little more snow Sunday, which could get interesting again Sunday night into the start of Monday. Stay tuned...
Have a great day everyone, & try to stay warm!