PM Update: Mostly Drizzle Now, More Rain Later
Second storm to form; Saturday night snowflakes N&W?
While we have not seen much more than a steady drizzle and some showers since yesterday afternoon, today proved to be another raw one with a distinct wintry feel across the area. Temperatures only made it up into the mid-40s most spots for highs, only a few degrees above this morning's lows. Now we wait for a second coastal storm to begin forming and throw us some more rain. We could even be talking a few early-season snowflakes for some by the time it's all done.
Through Tonight: We stay cloudy, cold and drizzly with a few passing showers through the evening before chances for steadier rain increase overnight. Lows should settle to the upper 30s and near 40 as overnight breezes pick up a bit from the north.
Tomorrow (Saturday): More raw and more rain is on tap Saturday. The band that sets up overnight should persist through the day as another coastal storm develops and slowly moves by. There's some uncertainty where the juiciest precipitation sets up. Could be right over the area or just to the northeast. Either way, we'll definitely see another wet one, possibly quite so. Highs again struggle toward the mid-40s.
As we drift into the evening and overnight period, some snow may mix in for the north and west suburbs. It should be non-accumulating outside elevated areas well north and west of the area which could see a few inches, but we will continue to watch as the situation evolves.
NOAA Winter Outlook: On Wednesday, I mentioned AccuWeather's cold and snowy forecast. Yesterday, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration released its winter outlook. It indicates that cold air should be around much of the winter while precipitation is near normal. Interestingly, NOAA disagrees with AccuWeather's call for a fading El Nino. NOAA predicts El Nino will strengthen and persist into winter rather than peaking early and falling off during the season. NOAA also notes El Nino is not the only factor that will influence winter weather.
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