Significant Winter Storm Likely
Heaviest snow Wednesday Afternoon through Thursday
A significant winter storm is looking likely on Wednesday and Thursday.
A strong high pressure building over the Canadian Prairies over the next couple of days will force a wave of low pressure out of eastern Montana on Tuesday. This wave of low pressure will travel eastwards and will likely bring snow showers into our area during the afternoon hours. The snow will generally be light, but it may be enough to give us new snowfall accumulations of around an inch by the early evening.
As the area of high pressure continues to build, it will force another area of low pressure out of eastern Colorado on Wednesday. This will allow for snow showers to remain present in the region late Tuesday Night and into the day on Wednesday. As the area of low pressure moves into the central Plains, the snow showers in our region will likely begin to transition into a steady snow by the afternoon hours on Wednesday.
Steady snow will be likely Wednesday Evening and through the overnight hours, with the snow possibly being moderate to heavy. Overnight temperatures on Wednesday Night in the single digits will result in a high liquid to ice ratio which means snowfall totals will likely be high. The steady snow will continue into Thursday before gradually diminishing during the afternoon and evening hours.
Total snowfall accumulations across our area between Wednesday and Thursday will be at least 10 inches. In addition to the snow, windy conditions with gusts up to 45 mph will be possible on Wednesday, Wednesday Night and Thursday, causing blowing and drifting snow.