Snow showers expected through the first half of the day Satruday as our next storm system moves across the area swinging a cold front through.

Snow, bitter cold coming Saturday morning

Another shot of snow arrives Saturday morning, and it will be windy and bitterly cold throughout the weekend, Storm Center 7 Meteorologist Rich Wirdzek said.

Tonight, clouds will continue to build into the area well ahead of an arctic cold front. Snow is not expected before sunrise. However, Wirdzek said temperatures “will remain in the mid-20s overnight, ensuring snow will stick quickly once it arrives Saturday morning.”

Saturday: The arctic front will deliver rounds of snow showers after sunrise, north to south for a cold Valentine’s Day kiss. Winds will pick up as this happens, so even light snowfall could reduce visibility, especially if a little snow has already accumulated.

“Snow will taper down midday and into the early afternoon as the front passes through the region,” Wirdzek said. “I’m expecting around 1 inch total accumulation, but a few spots could see close to 2 inches.”

Temperatures will begin to fall into the teens. Wind gusts could push 30 mph or faster, which also will drive wind chill valued down to near zero at times in the afternoon.

Saturday night, temperatures continue to drop and wind will still be gusty at times. Lows will be near zero, with wind chill values minus 10 to minus 15 degrees at times, Wirdzek said.

Sunday: The wind will still be ushering in arctic air. Highs will only recover to around 10 degrees, which could break a record for the lowest high temperature. “The record ‘lowest’ high for this date is 11, set back in 1920,” Wirdzek said. Wind chill values will remain below zero for most of the day.

Monday: Sun and clouds lead to some recovery in temperature, with highs expected in the low-20s.

Tuesday: Highs will be near normal in the low 30s with clouds and sun. A storm system will be tracking well south of the area, but Storm Center 7 meteorologists will be monitoring its progress.

Wednesday: Another blast of arctic air will arrive. A few snow showers are possible, and highs will be in the upper teens.

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