Good Friday to one and all. The weekend is here and the weather is about to take a serious walk on the wild side. We have a big system ready to bring everything from thunderstorms to some ice and snow. All of that might occur in a 12-hour period.
Temps slowly rise into the evening, with a light wintry mix switching to light rain. Readings by Saturday morning can hit the low 50s. Wow. Afternoon highs Saturday might reach into the mid- and upper 60s. Double wow. Those same temps then drop more than 40 degrees Saturday night and Sunday morning as the arctic front pushes through. Triple wow!
High winds will be a problem during this time, with gusts of 40 mph possible. Showers and thunderstorms will then transition over to a period of sleet, freezing rain and some snow.
The GFS parallel:
Winter weather accumulation:
Icy roads are a strong possibility later Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Looking down the road, we find this arctic cold pattern retreating next week. That said, we are going to have to watch for a couple of systems to impact our weather in the lead up to Christmas weekend.
The European model suggests a system putting down a little snow Thursday and Friday:
The GFS Parallel is similar:
Most models have been hinting at a big storm system late Christmas weekend or a day or two later. This could have a surge of mild air ahead of it, but would give us the potential for winter weather as it moves through: