We have 11° this morning in Otsego (at 6:30 am) with a dusting of new snow overnight. Yesterday’s high temp was 18.5° with a low of 10°. We will see another cold and mainly dry day today. The region will see increasing wind with gusts near 30 mph. Then temperatures will rebound to about the freezing/melting point on Wednesday. Some light snow is possible at times Wednesday. Most of the region will see an inch or less of accumulation. A small chance for light snow exists for the end of the week as an arctic airmass returns to the region.
The CPC is suggesting below normal temps right into the first week of February with mainly below normal snow, though precipitation guesses seem to change daily.
- Cold Start to Today Lake effect cloud cover has helped insulate the lakeshore somewhat compared to the cloud free interior. Temps beneath the cloud deck along the lakeshore still hover around 10F, while areas that have scattered out have dropped down to around 0F already. These lake effect clouds should hold steady through the rest of the morning and will help keep temps above 0F, while areas free of cloud cover will play victim to radiational cooling, dropping down into the -5F to 0F range. Winds should stay fairly light and variable until daybreak, so wind chill values will hold to around -10F to 0F across the area. - Breezy Winds With Warming Temperatures into Wednesday Today will start cold, but it`ll end mild with rising temperatures. High pressure will shift into the Ohio Valley setting off southerly flow and a surge of warm air advection. Temperatures will continuously rise throughout the day today hitting the mid 20s to low 30s near midnight. By Wednesday afternoon we will see temperatures peak closer to normal in the low to mid 30s. Southerly winds will build today into Wednesday with gusts up to 30- 35mph across the area this afternoon and tonight. - Low Chance for Snow Wednesday, Otherwise Dry Much of This Week A weak shortwave will dive southwest into the region Wednesday with an associated cold front. This weak clipper system will bring a small chance for some light snow, but lack of moisture should keep most areas dry. - Clipper System Friday/Saturday, Then Possible Lake Effect Growing model consensus continues to track the Friday/Saturday clipper system to our south, so much of the associated snow should stay to our southwest. Ensembles corroborate this thinking with more and more ensemble members from both the GFS and Euro indicating minimal snow. This system is still worth monitoring in case of a northward shift, but trends suggest southwest lower MI may be in the clear. An upper troughing regime will move in overhead with multiple shortwaves bringing chances for synoptic snow. It`s possible we will see a little lake effect influence as well following these shortwaves into the early part of next week.