VIDEO UPDATE: Major temperature shift underway, snow returns soon

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BIG TEMPERATURE DROP UNDERWAY
The big temperature swing is underway. After an afternoon high near 60° and two rounds of severe weather, we transition back to wintry weather tonight. Temperatures will fall to the upper 20s by daybreak Wednesday. We will have the chance for snow showers by morning, too. Less than 1″ accumulation is expected. Gusty winds will continue and drive down wind chills. By morning, it will feel like it’s in the teens when factoring in the wind chill. 

WINTRY WEDNESDAY WITH COLDER TEMPS AND SNOW
Lake effect snow showers are likely for the area Wednesday. Highs will only make it to around 30°. Expect a strong northwest wind through the day and this will keep wind chills down into the teens. Areas of snow will continue through the afternoon and into the evening. Total daytime accumulation ranging from a trace to up to 3″ is possible. The highest amounts would be in the snowbelt.

Scattered snow showers and blustery winds continue into Wednesday night. Occasional bursts of snow that drop visibility are possible in the evening and overnight. Additional accumulation of a trace to 3″ is possible. The highest accumulation will occur under heavy snowbands.

Temperatures will fall to the lower 20s Wednesday night but it will feel much colder. The gusty wind will continue, dropping wind chills into the single digits through the night. 

SNOW THREAT CONTINUES THURSDAY
We will continue with cold and blustery weather Thursday. Highs for the day are only expected to reach the mid-20s. Winds will be gusty, driving wind chills down into the single digits in the morning and the teens through the afternoon. The blustery northwest wind will continue to drive lake effect snowbands into the area. Scattered snow is expected through much of the morning and part of the afternoon. The chance for snow begins to taper off by Thursday evening. Additional light accumulation is possible, mainly in the snowbelt, through the day.

Skies remain mostly cloudy Thursday night and temperatures will be near average for the time of year. Lows will fall to around 20° by Friday morning.

A DRY DAY BEFORE THE NEXT STORM FRIDAY
Friday currently looks like a quiet weather day for the Valley. We will see partly to mostly cloudy skies. Highs will reach the upper 20s. Any holes in the clouds will be covered over by more cloud cover Friday night as another storm system approaches the area. Lows Friday night dip to around 20°.

WATCHING FOR MORE ACCUMULATING SNOW SATURDAY
Models are in good agreement on a storm system advancing to the north out of the southern central plains Saturday. The northern edge of that storm will come very close to the Valley. This will bring the chance for snow showers Saturday through Saturday night. The potential is there for a few inches of accumulation but it is still early. Our chance for snow depends on the exact track of the storm. A slight shift south in the track will pull any snow on the northern edge of the system away from the Valley. We are monitoring this closely. Currently, our team is expecting to see at least a chance for scattered snow with a high in the upper 20s. Keep checking back for updates on this system as we get new model data on the storm through the week.

A LITTLE LINGER SNOW POSSIBLE SUNDAY
With the track of the storm Saturday still in question, so is the chance for lingering snow on Sunday. Depending on the exact track of the weekend storm system, we may have a chance for some lingering snow showers and flurries Sunday, especially through the morning. It is looking like a partly cloudy day otherwise with highs nearing the mid-30s. At this time, it looks like the threat for any additional accumulation Sunday would be very low.

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