Friday, November 20, 2015

ALERT: Snow Saturday

WHAT WE'RE TRACKING


Forecasting accumulating snowfall is one of the biggest challenges a meteorologist faces, but the First Alert Weather Team is up for it! Because several of our computer models disagree, it's our job to analyse and interpret at a deeper level. 


Snowfall looming in the forecast Saturday brings:

  •  Our 1st accumulation of the season
  •  Low visibility
  •  Slick roadways

As of 12:00pm Friday, here is the most up to date forecast using the data available to us:

This band of wintry weather is all about location, location, location. A Winter Storm Watch is in effect for Hillsdale, Lenawee and Monroe counties in Michigan. These three counties are expected to be hit with the largest accumulations in our entire viewing area. 


The Winter Storm Watch is in effect late Friday evening until 9pm Saturday. Potential for significant accumulations leads to difficult travel conditions. 


WINTER WEATHER TIMELINE 


FRIDAY EVENING: Increasing cloud cover, chilly, dry. We'll experience a strong wind chill factor during Big Board Football games and an incredibly cold setting before snow showers arrive. 

SATURDAY MORNING: A few flurries to begin the day. Temperatures rising above the freezing point into the early afternoon. Cloudy skies, few passing showers. 


Rain with snow mixing in will turn primarily to wet, slushy snowfall by dinnertime. 


From 4-7pm, the greatest accumulation of snow will occur across the area. 


Accumulation amounts range from <1" to +4" depending on location. Greatest accumulations will occur north and west of Toledo, mainly in parts of SE Michigan.

Preparation, as with any band of inclement weather, is key. Download our First Alert Weather App and tune in to WTOL 11 all weekend long for updates.