The rain is here and if it's not yet it will be by the late morning hours. This system is moving much faster than indicated yesterday morning, but Wes Wyatt did report last night about the earlier arrival time. Temperatures so far this Sunday morning have been above normal with readings in the upper 40s.
The system bringing us the rain and then the storms this evening is a very large and powerful one. Heavy snow continues to fall from Omaha to Chicago and this mess is heading towards my family near Boston where they are expecting a foot or more. A large area is under a winter storm warning in pink.
Probably the worst timing ever for those with Satellite TV and trying to watch the Super Bowl because this activity moving through will probably cause signal loss or interruptions. I recommend coming up with a plan B and find a friend or an establishment that has Cable.
Storms will be heavy rainfall producers (1-2") and there is a small chance for storms capable of producing damaging winds and perhaps a brief tornado across the southwest corner of the Fox 6 viewing area. This threat is marginal and not widespread, which means it is even lower than the slight risk category. Just be prepared overnight for gusty winds that could toss loose yard items around like trash cans, knock down tree limbs and potentially cause sporadic power outages. You might want to hold off setting your trash out tonight until after the storms pass.
DAY PART FORECASTS:
Groundhog Day is going to be a chilly one with feels like temperatures in the 20s to start and feeling in the 30s during the warmest time of the day which is about 3pm. Plan on gusty winds, a cloudy start and some sunshine to finish.
Long range models are a little bit more in agreement that we could see some snowflakes by late Thursday night into Friday morning. Right now we are just forecasting a 20% chance seeing a lot can change between now and then. We'll continue to monitor data trends and keep you updated on the best chance for snow yet this winter season.
COMPUTER MODEL SNOWFALL ACCUMULATION:
That's the scoop as of this morning! Wes Wyatt will post another update later day!
Have a great day and GO PATRIOTS!!!!! ;)
Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist