Friday Hi 34, snow flurries end 8a, mostly cloudy, winds WNW to NW, 14 to 11 to 6 MPH, G24 to 13 MPH end 8p
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Friday and Friday Night …
No Weather Hazards expected …
Snow flurries end by 8:00 a.m. Friday. Colder Friday compared to prior days this week.
Flurries appear less likely to hang on into Friday afternoon given the lowering of the subsidence inversion robbing moisture from our already shallow saturated layer behind a departing storm system. However, with the littlest bit of instability still in place, a few flakes flying around through Friday afternoon wouldn`t be surprising.
About one week left of the normal daily low temperature bottomed out at 16°F. Two minutes of daylight gained Friday.
O’HARE FORECAST …
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Forecast Beginning Friday, Jan. 20, 2023
Friday: A chance of snow or flurries before 7am, then a chance of flurries with a slight chance of snow between 7am and 9am. Mostly cloudy, with a high near 34. West northwest wind 10 to 15 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 30%.
Friday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26. West northwest wind 5 to 10 mph.
Saturday: Partly sunny, with a high near 35. Southwest wind around 5 mph, with gusts as high as 10 mph.
Saturday Night: Snow likely, mainly after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 29. Southwest wind around 5 mph becoming calm after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 10 mph. Chance of precipitation is 70%. New snow accumulation of 1 to 2 inches possible.
Sunday: Snow likely, mainly before noon. Cloudy, with a high near 34. Calm wind becoming west around 5 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%.
Sunday Night: Mostly cloudy, with a low around 26.
Monday: Partly sunny, with a high near 35.
Monday Night: Cloudy, with a low around 29.
Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 38.
Tuesday Night: A chance of snow after midnight. Cloudy, with a low around 26.
Wednesday: A chance of snow. Cloudy, with a high near 33.
Wednesday Night: Cloudy, with a low around 20.
Thursday: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 28.
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Area Forecast Discussion
National Weather Service Chicago/Romeoville, IL
1218 PM CST Thu Jan 19 2023
.UPDATE… Issued at 1023 AM CST Thu Jan 19 2023
Two areas of low pressure continue to move across northeastern Illinois this morning which is helping to maintain the ongoing fog. While some areas are still seeing some locally dense fog, webcams and observations have been showing improvements which if trends continue may allow for the expiration of the Dense Fog Advisory early. Regardless, those traveling this morning should continue to use caution when encountering fog and use low beams.
As the lows continue to move eastward through the rest of the morning the cold front currently moving across west central Illinois will move across our CWA this afternoon into the evening. As the front comes through the fog will lift as showers are expected to develop and spread across the area mainly in the form of rain. However, forecast soundings are showing ample amounts of cold air aloft and good saturation of the DGZ which may allow for some wet snow to mix in with the rain this evening. The main uncertainty is if the lowest 1000 ft will be able to get cold enough to turn precipitation completely over to snow. Regardless impacts look to be minimal as pavement temperatures look to remain above freezing which should limit any accumulations. Winds will also be increasing as the front comes through with gusts around 30 mph persisting through the night before gradually easing on Friday.
Overall the going forecast covers the aforementioned expectations well with only minor adjustments made to match ongoing trends.
.SHORT TERM… Issued at 310 AM CST Thu Jan 19 2023
Main forecast highlights through the period include:
* Period of very low clouds, occasional drizzle and fog this morning. Some locally dense fog is likely.
* Blustery west winds develop through the afternoon and continue tonight.
* Another period of rain showers developing early this afternoon, and likely mixing with, or changing over to snow showers and flurries from west to east late this afternoon and evening. Little to no snow accumulation expected.
Satellite imagery early this morning depicts the center circulation associated with the main upper low now approaching far northwestern MO, with a well-defined dry slot noted to the east now impinging into southern WI. The heavier more persistent warm air advection wing of rain has since shifted north of the area, and we now find ourselves within an area of abating winds and drizzle just ahead of the approaching board surface low just to our south and southwest. Winds are expected to remain light and somewhat variable this morning as the surface low shifts overhead. The light wind regime combined with ample low-level moisture will set the stage for very low clouds and fog across the area this morning. Upstream trends across MO support this thinking, where numerous sites are currently reporting sub mile visibilities in fog. The expectation is that we will have a foggy morning across most of the area as the surface low, and the accompanying airmass shifts northward into northern IL over the next few hours. While we currently have no plans for a dense fog advisory, its not out of the question that one could be needed for a few hours this morning. At this time we plan to continue to monitor observation trends over the next few hours to identify the possible need for one.
The fog will improve across the area into this afternoon as winds begins to pick up out from the west following the northeastward shift of the surface low. These winds will become gusty (up to around 35 mph) by early afternoon across central IL, then across northeastern IL and northwestern IN by early this evening as we begin to cold air advect along the southwestern periphery of the exiting surface low. Winds are expected to remain gusty tonight, then gradually abate during the day Friday as an an area of high pressure builds into the Mid-Missouri Valley.
Another period of precipitation is expected to develop into the area this afternoon as the main upper low over northwestern MO slingshots eastward into southern WI and northern IL. Lapse rates will steepen as colder temperatures aloft shift overhead later today under the upper low. This should thus support more showery precipitation, likely initially in the form of rain as wetbulb zero heights remain high. However, colder surface temperatures are expected to gradually work their way eastward through the afternoon and this should allow snow to to begin to mix in from west to east across the area later this afternoon into this evening. Snow showers and/or flurries are likely to continue across the area tonight as additional disturbances shift across the area within a cyclonic upper level flow pattern. No significant snow accumulation is expected from these snow showers, but a minor coating cannot be ruled out.
Skies will remain cloudy on Friday and temperatures will hold in the lower to middle 30s for highs following early morning lows in the upper 20s to around 30.