NewsTalk: Meteorologist Jill Reale breaks down weekend winter storm

NewsTalk: Meteorologist Jill Reale breaks down weekend winter storm

Javier Howell
January 18, 2019

Because snow will start during the afternoon of Friday, the evening commute will become slick and visibility will be low as the wind picks up.

The high on Sunday will be 14 degrees. Wind speeds will frequently gusts to 20 to 30 miles per hour and possibly higher, the NWS reported. Beginning around 5 p.m. Saturday the system will move into the region possibly dropping several inches of snow on the ground before turning into rain for the rest of the night and for most of Sunday. Parts of Hudson County can see anywhere between 2 to 4 inches of snow.

Back-to-back snow storms are expected to move through the tri-state area within the next few days, bringing a chance of plowable snow in many areas.

The National Weather Service has issued a Winter Storm Watch for most of Southern New England, in effect from Saturday afternoon through Sunday evening, due to the "threat of significant snow and ice accumulation" from the approaching storm. Heavy snow will be falling in some areas of the Plains still, plus the Midwest and Northeast.

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Temperatures on Monday are not expected to climb out of the low teens. "Other factors to consider will be how much mixed precip (sleet or perhaps some freezing rain) may occur Saturday afternoon and evening as the warmer air arrives".

"Yes, they're colder-than-normal temps, but I think people know what to expect this time of year", Seeley said. Wind chills throughout the weekend could reach 18 degrees below zero at their worst.

Lake-effect snow is expected to follow the main snowstorm Saturday night in some areas, as blowing and drifting snow hits most of northeast IL.