UPDATE 4:20 p.m. CST: Warnings and advisories are posted in preparation for the clipper. Full map can be found below. Visit www.weather.gov for specific information for your area.
Friday morning will be yet another cold one across the Midwest, especially for the eastern half. Wind chill advisories remain in effect for many areas in the Midwest as windchills will be in the negative 20 to 30 range. A full map of advisories can be found below.
As we go through the day Friday, winds will begin to pick up as the pressure gradient tightens ahead of an approaching cold front. This strong wind will be present particularly from Missouri northeast through Michigan.
The gusty conditions will have a number of effects on the region. Blowing snow concerns have blizzard warnings up for South Dakota and Minnesota. Blowing snow will also be a concern in northern Illinois, southern Wisconsin and northwest Indiana where Winter Weather Advisories are in place due to the risk of reduced visibilities especially in more rural areas.
The gusty winds across Lake Michigan have increased the risk of lake effect snow along the eastern Lake Michigan coast where Winter Weather Advisories and Winter Storm Warning have been posted. Parts of central Michigan will see 3-6″ of snow with localized areas possibly getting a foot of snow were the heaviest snow bands set up.
Finally in Missouri, the gusty winds and dry conditions have increased the fire threat. The National Weather Service has issued Red Flag Warnings for Missouri in response to the fire threat.
There is one good thing with the clearing conditions tomorrow, warming temperatures. Temperatures in the 20s and 30s tomorrow will be a nice reprieve from the very cold air mass that has clung to the Midwest for the last few days.
Looking ahead to the weekend, another clipper system is looking likely bringing some snow chances and much colder air. We’ll have a full write up tomorrow.