Spotty showers continue, warmer afternoon

When we switch to snow and how much to expect

FIRST WARNING: **Sunday snow could be significant**

While we'll see some very light snow tonight, a much more significant system could be taking shape here in the Tri-State on Sunday. Several inches of snow is possible, but it's a little too early to put specific numbers on this system. The reason? The system is still forming and we'll get a better look at this air mass in the coming days. Plus, the track of this storm will determine how much snow we get. WATCH the video above for what we are seeing in the models today and scroll down in this story for a more in-depth look.  Timing wise, snow will start early Sunday morning, roads will turn slick easily by early Sunday afternoon and light snow will continue into late Sunday night.  Roads will be slick and snow covered on Monday morning.

TODAY: Isolated showers will last through the afternoon as temperatures climb toward the 50 degree mark. After 8 p.m., temperatures will fall back below freezing and some areas could see a changeover to flurries or light snow.

In general, the snow that falls tonight will not lead to a big event. Some will just see a dusting while in some places we could get a few tenths of an inch of snow. This will create a few isolated slick spots for the Friday morning drive.

Snow showers tonight

Friday will start mostly cloudy before increasing sunshine. Highs only reach near 30 degrees. With winds from the northwest at 10 to 20 mph, it will likely feel significantly colder throughout the day.

Saturday will be quiet and dry with mostly sunny skies as highs rebound to the mid 30s. Finally, we are keeping an eye on a potential snow maker on Sunday.

Sunday's storm system is one that could be a big snow maker for the Tri-State, or not much of one at all.  Unfortunately, computer models for this system have been inconsistent in their snow totals output.  For example, one model shows 1-2" of snow with rain mixing in throughout the day, whereas another model shows more than 4" of snow with colder temperatures.  One thing that has become a little more clear with data this morning, is that it is looking more and more likely that this storm system will bring some accumulating snow to the area Sunday. 

How much snow will fall?  Right now, it is just too early to tell.  I do feel accumulating snow is likely Sunday, but there is still too much inconsistency to put a number on it just yet.  Keep checking in with us throughout the day today and into the weekend.  Our team of meteorologists is working hard to work through the data to get the best forecast possible.  Later today as the system moves onshore into southern California, weather balloons will be sent up into it, which will provide much better data for analysis of the storm.  That will allow us to get a much better idea of how much snow will be possible.

THURSDAY

Spotty rain showers
Late Afternoon-areas of wintry mix -rain/snow 
High: 43

THURSDAY NIGHT

Areas of Rain, mixing with, &
Changing to light snow/flurries after 8pm
Low: 25

FRIDAY

A few morning flurries
Partly cloudy
High: 30

FRIDAY NIGHT

Partly cloudy
Much colder
Low: 18

 

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