A Major and Dangerous Winter Weather Event Monday-Tuesday NightJanuary 4th, 2014 at 4:41 pm by Don Paul under 4 Warn Weather
This is my late Saturday afternoon post on my Facebook Pages: It may be tempting to think on a relatively milder day like this that the forecast I’ve/We’ve been giving you concerning early next week may be hype. It’s not. Conditions will still be on the mild side Sunday, so that’s the day to get things which must be done outdoors done. Rain showers will precede this powerful cold front by early Sunday evening, after a day of above average temps. In the wake of this front by the predawn hours of Monday, temps will drop suddenly and the lingering rain will turn to a quick burst of snow, with a flash freeze on road surfaces. For the AM commute Monday, roads will be slippery (but with no heavy accumulation), and strong winds will develop, with gusts of 45 mph likely…possibly 50. Lk Effect Snow will slowly develop by midday and intensify during the afternoon, possibly beginning near the metro area. Heaviest amounts will occur in Ski Country over the course of 2 days, but the metro area will not be unscathed, with some oscillation to the band–which will extend well inland. Within the band, blinding whiteouts will develop due to the strong winds which will persist at least thru Tuesday. IMPORTANT: Wind Chill temperatures will reach depths we haven’t experienced in some years running from the -20s to -30 by Monday night through Tuesday. Wind Chill of this magnitude is Dangerous, and frostbite can occur in mere minutes. Stay in touch with Meteorologists Mike Cejka tonight and tom’w night, and Bryan Shaw on Sunday Wakeup. If you must drive through this coming lake effect snow, make sure you have your fuel topped off, an emergency kit in your car (blanket, energy bars, water, etc) and your cell phone. This will be a Severe Winter Weather Event, far outweighing the bitter cold we just went through.