LAST WEEK: Snow Forecast for the North Shore
Mother Nature has us on a roller coaster ride with another batch of cold air expected to invade our area on Saturday with a few flurries possible near a frontal boundary late in the day. There may also be a period of light snow later Friday with snow accumulations of an inch or less, mainly between 8 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday). For those of you who don’t like cold weather, warmer weather is in our future with a punch of warmer air arriving by Monday afternoon and into Tuesday with temperatures averaging above normal.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of flurries from 9 p.m. and continuing into Sunday.
Snow Amounts: Trace
Low temp: 27 degrees Fahrenheit
High temp: 33 degrees Fahrenheit
Wind: West to southwest at 10-20 mph with gusts to 25 mph
Sunday: Partly to mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of a few flurries continuing through 8 a.m.
Snow Amounts: A light dusting
Low temp: 20 degrees Fahrenheit
High temp: 26 degrees Fahrenheit
Wind: Northwest at 10-15 mph
Monday: Mostly cloudy with a 40 percent chance of a few flurries from 3 a.m. to 1 p .m.
Snow Amounts: Trace to 0.25 inches
Low temp: 21 degrees Fahrenheit.
High temp: 36 degrees Fahrenheit.
Wind: West to southwest winds at 10-20 mph with gusts to 30 mph.
Your Week Ahead: Jan. 27 to Feb. 03
A Pacific flow will mostly dominate during this time with arctic air shifting back north during the second half of next week. No major storms are expected with the heaviest precipitation staying to our southeast.
Temperature Trends: Temperatures will average several degrees above normal.
Precipitation Trends: Precipitation will average slightly below normal.
Weekend Pattern: A few weak disturbances moving through will bring a few flurries to our area with more concentrated snow showers staying to our north. A weak disturbance will brush our area with an increased risk of flurries late Saturday night and early Sunday with a dusting possible. Sunday afternoon looks quiet with several peeks of sunshine.
Early to Midweek Pattern- A strong clipper system will mainly pass to our north with perhaps some light snow in Wisconsin on Monday. It is possible that if the system tracks south, there might be a period of light snow in our region with the potential of a minor accumulation in the morning. Warmer air will move into our region and this will force the storm track north by the middle of the week. A new storm will bring some moisture in from the south with a chance of showers on Tuesday and Wednesday with a few snowflakes mixing in on the backside of the storm for a time Wednesday night with just trace amounts.
Late Week Pattern- Another weak system moving through in the flow may produce a few flurries on Feb. 3 with minimal amounts. There is a significant amount of warm air behind this system which may make a run toward us beyond this period.
Temperatures: Temperatures today will average a few degrees above normal with a few cold days coming up this weekend with highs in the low to mid 30s on Saturday and mid 20s on Sunday. Temperatures will moderate with highs in the mid 30s on Monday and 40s on Tuesday with highs back in the 30’s Wednesday through Friday. Even warmer temperatures expected beyond Feb. 5 with more 40s possible. Low temps will range mainly in the mid to upper 20s which is well above average.
Seasonal Total so far (Northeast Cook County, as of Jan. 27): 13.1 in.
Snow total so far (January, as of Jan. 27): 12.0 in.
Average snow in January: 10.8 inches
Significant Snow Storm Index: No significant winter storms expected through the first week of February.