A very powerful mass of cold air will be moving in through Sunday. This will cause falling temperatures through the day, bring in some light snow, and cause powerful winds through the day. Winds are expected to be up to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph. This could cause some damage, downed power lines, and make travel difficult. A High Wind Watch is in effect for the entire area through the entire day Sunday.
High Wind Watch Sunday
Powerful winds will continue into Monday, but shift a bit from out of the north. This will kick up lake effect snow showers through Monday and into early Tuesday. Here is a look at snow totals.
With the turn of the calendar page and the arrival of a new year, our weather takes a big turn. After a dry New Year’s Eve, scattered rain arrives by Sunday morning as a weather system moves through the region. This system brings in colder air behind it and, as a result, our warmest temperatures of Sunday will be in the morning…and they’ll only be as warm as the upper 30s.
The winds pick up tonight and we’ll remain windy through early Tuesday as this weather system winds its way through our region. Sunday morning’s rain changes into snow Sunday afternoon with lake effect snow bands developing and continuing on Monday. Some snow showers will even linger into Tuesday.
The heaviest snow accumulations will be found to the northwest of Fort Wayne, closer to Lake Michigan. The bulk of the accumulation across the region will occur Sunday night through Monday night.
With the strong winds and heavy snow, travel will be especially difficult and dangerous across northwest Indiana and southwestern Michigan.
If you have outdoor plans this weekend, Saturday is hands down the “outdoor” day this weekend. But, first things first: Look for more light showers Friday night with the rain ending by daybreak Saturday.
Enjoy highs in the upper 40s for Saturday, less the rain and the cloud cover. Our next weather system will pass to our North on Sunday, bringing us very cold conditions and very strong winds.
Look for snow showers to fire up Sunday night and for most of Monday. These snow showers will be driven by the “Lake Effect” which is when very cold air moves over the warmer waters of Lake Michigan. The forecast computer models do not resolve this effect very well, so forecasting snow amounts can be very difficult.
By Tuesday morning, look for an inch or two around Fort Wayne, with much higher amounts close to Lake Michigan. If you are traveling around the Toll Road and Northern Indiana, look for difficult travel conditions on Monday. (For the specific snow forecast, see the last graphic.)
On top of the snow, look for highs only in the lower 20s for Monday and Tuesday. With winds gusting over 35 mph on Monday, wind chills will approach the single digits for Monday and Tuesday.
The end of 2011 will be quiet in the weather world. Sunshine will move in for Saturday and temps will be in the upper 40′s. However, to start the new year, big changes move in. Cold air begins to pour into the area causing temps to fall through the day Sunday. Temps will remain well below normal through Monday and Tuesday of next week as well. We won’t see temps back up to normal until the end of next week.
After a sunny and mild end to Thursday, it’s hard to imagine that it will be raining again by Friday morning. Our next rain maker is a fast mover and will dive in from the Northern Plains into early Friday morning. This clipper system will bring rain showers for Friday morning and scattered showers for Friday afternoon.
Even though it will be cloudy with rain on Friday, temperatures will be able to climb into the lower 40s for highs.
If you like this mild weather, you need to get outside and enjoy Saturday with high temperatures back into the upper 40s with dry conditions.
The next weather system will bring dramatic changes to our area late Sunday and into Monday and Tuesday. Highs on Sunday will be in the upper 30s with snow showers late. But, Monday brings us snow showers and highs in the 20s. I do expect accumulating snow for Monday, in the range of a few inches as of now.
On top of the cold snap, look for very breezy conditions for Sunday, Monday and Tuesday.
A bit of freezing drizzle will be moving through this morning. Slick spots will be developing on roads, especially on bridges and overpasses. The slick spots won’t last long as temperatures will reach near 40 for a high today.
Warming Up Today
Heading into the new year it looks like things will be changing drastically. Temperatures will be in the upper 40′s to end 2011 on Saturday, then fall into the 20′s into the start of next week!
Watch for some light freezing rain Thursday morning across our area as our next weather system brings rain to the area with temperatures below freezing at the surface.
The area that has the highest chance of seeing light ice is going to be North of Highway 6. Significant ice accumulations are not expected, so power outages are not expected, but look for slick sidewalks and some slick roads.
Thursday afternoon will be a little warmer with highs near 40° with a partly sunny sky.
Our next rain maker moves in for Friday morning with a mix of rain and snow. Don’t expect much in the way of accumulating snow, but do look for wet roadways.
Enjoy a warm New Years Eve Day with highs in the mid 40s with a very cold start to the New Year. Next Monday and Tuesday look very cold with highs in the 20s and scattered snow showers.
After our active weather day yesterday that saw rain and snow, conditions are calmer and colder today. Mostly cloudy skies are forecast with highs only around 32°. We’ll remain mostly cloudy tonight as lows fall to the mid 20s.
There’s a slight chance for a few scattered rain or snow showers during the day tomorrow, but the potential is greater to see this precip tomorrow night and on Friday.
Look for our snow showers to taper by Tuesday evening with only light accumulations across the area. So far, the roads are not snow covered, but as temperatures drop below freezing, look for a few slick spots into Wednesday morning.
Wednesday brings us some dry weather with lows in the lower 20s and highs in the lower 30s under a partly sunny sky.
We are tracking a warm up into the end of the work week with highs in the upper 30s for Thursday and near 40° for Friday. A weak weather system will bring us a few mixed showers for Friday with no significant snow accumulations expected. In the wake of this next system, look for a warm up for the New Year Weekend with highs in the lower to mid 40s.
Another round a rain/snow showers returns for Sunday and Monday with much colder conditions for the start of next week.
Due to a break in the rain/snow that developed earlier this morning in many areas east of I-69, I’ve decreased the expected snow totals for Fort Wayne and areas to the east and south. Now, a uniform total of 1-3″ of snowfall is expected across the entire region.