Friday forecast: Rain today, snow by tonight with several inches likely

Clay Curtis
January 11, 2019

Winter has come roaring back. Snow will be likely tonight with lows in the upper 20-low 30s. With highs in the mid 30s, wind chills will be in the 20s thanks to a north wind that could gust as high as 20 miles per hour. They dropped into the upper 20s around the Baltimore region early Thursday morning after a cold front moved through Wednesday, and peaked in the mid- to upper 30s Thursday afternoon.

All eyes are on our next system that rolls into town from west to east late Friday - Sunday.

Weather service forecasters say the Chicago area can expect between 1 and 3 inches of snow late Friday and into Saturday.

Heavier snowfall is expected in central and eastern Missouri, where more than 6 inches of snow is possible. Light-to-moderate snow will kick things off before transitioning to a rain/snow mix and eventually, plain rain takes over, especially across southern Kentucky Saturday afternoon.

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Snow should overspread the viewing area in the 7 to 11 a.m. time frame Saturday morning.

If cold air hangs on a little longer, more snow could be expected.

As we've talked about before with this setup, the exact track of the low is crucial, and any deviation north or south can change the whole look of this system!

"2-3" should fall north with 3-5" over a good chunk of the area & 5-7" in the far southwest & south on the edge of the Winter Storm Watch area.

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