Storm Sunday night into Monday could drop 6-10 inches
While much of the area was spared the first time around, a storm brewing Sunday night into Monday could prove to be the real deal.
The blanket of snow that produced 2 to 4 inches last week will likely pale in comparison to the 6 to 10 inches that could fall, according to Paul Walker, senior meteorologist with AccuWeather.
“It does look like snow spreading across the area Sunday in the late evening hours and continuing into Monday morning,” Walker said. “It’s going to be cold, could change over to sleet, and (that) could hold down the snow accumulation.”
Walker said we can expect some very cold air tomorrow night, as temperatures once again dip back down into single digits with a low around 5 degrees.
He said Saturday looks to be bitterly cold, with partly sunny skis, and highs only into the midteens, before dropping down to around 2 degrees by night
“That could set the groundwork for this storm,” Walker said. “It’s going to be pretty cold for over a 48-hour period tomorrow night and into the day Sunday.”
He said it could be in the low 20s on Sunday, though depending on the sunshine, the temperature could rise into the lower 30s.
Walker said sleet could mix with snow Sunday night into Monday morning, which could make for a heavy workload.
“People should take it easy as far as shoveling snow, not to overextend themselves, get help with snow removal,” he said. “It’s very easy to have heart or breathing problems with a lot of shoveling.”
Walker said the wet sleet combined with the packed down snow could make for some difficult traveling conditions.
“I think it’s best if people don’t have to drive until the roads are cleared,” he said. “There could be some difficult traveling conditions; it could get pretty slippery when the snow comes in Sunday evening and right into the day Monday.”
However, Walker noted it isn’t unusual to see such a weather pattern this time of year.
“Often we see these storms this time of year,” he said. “We had a slow start, December was pretty mild; we’re finally starting to see some in January.”