The Ground Hog was Wrong

February 19th, 2013 at 9:34 pm by under Weather

Winter watches and warnings over the next several days.

Obviously this is all tongue and cheek, but how about those winter like winds today?  The highest wind gust at FWA Tuesday was 49 mph with wind chills near zero.   Honestly, I don’t know if winter ever showed up here, but winter is coming in strong for the Central Plains.  The map above is a plot of Winter Storm Watches and Winter Storm Warnings.   Notice we are not warned yet and are going to miss out on the heavy snow.

Total snow forecast over the next 3 days.

Parts of KS and NE could see over a foot of snow, but based on the current storm track, this storm will spend all it’s snow on the Central Plains, not the Great Lakes.

Friday morning snow forecast.

This system will weaken as it passes over the Mississippi River, only bringing us about 1-3″ of snow across the WANE viewing area, all early Friday.   Look for lower amounts southeast and higher amounts northwest.  I usually don’t put snow fall maps out this early, so this may need to get tweaked over the next few days.

Area of light ice Friday, late morning into the afternoon.

Obviously, we can handle 1-3″ of snow, but I am keeping my on a small window of freezing rain or sleet into Friday afternoon.   The area highlighted in orange above may see some very light freezing rain or sleet, but amounts at this time appear to be very minimal, less than a tenth of an inch.

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