Wind chill advisory in effect from 9 p.m.-10 a.m. Thursday

Our active winter weather pattern continues as if it is on steroids.  Wind chills tonight will dip down to 20-30 below zero.  Wind chills will remain subzero through Thursday with high temperatures in the single digits.  Bitter cold and strong winds will cause wind chills to plummet again down to 30 below or even colder late Thursday night and into early Friday morning.   The longer range forecast keeps us in the deep freeze through the end of January and hints at a frigid start to February.   Most of the eastern half of the country is outlooked for overall below average temperatures for that period.

There are three “opportunities” for sticking snow between today and Monday.  Today’s snow will be a quick coating of up to 1″.  Friday night into Saturday another system will slide across the area with the potential for 1-3″ of snow.  The wildcard is Sunday’s system.  Some models have it diving just south of Chicago and only scraping us with light snow while other models have a more direct hit with several inches possible.

The GFS accumulated snowfall forecast through Sunday brings a grand total of 3-6″ for all three systems combined.  We have already seen 44.8″ for the snowfall season to date.  That ties 1977-1978 for the third highest snowfall total on record through January 21st.  29.7″ of that fell in January alone making it the fourth snowiest January on record.

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