Increasing potential for accumulating snows this weekend

WEEKEND SNOWMAKER THOUGHTS
 
We're beginning to get a clearer picture when it comes to what our next potent storm system will bring as we head into the upcoming weekend.
 
It is still too early for snowfall forecast amounts, but our confidence is greatly increasing that we will see accumulation here in the Sauk Valley with snow beginning late Friday night lasting through at least Saturday afternoon. Exact snowfall accumulation projections will become more accurate by Thursday.
 
One of many things that will make this system different from last weekends storm system will be the amount of cold air it will have access to. This will keep the snow type to the more dry, light, and fluffy variety making blowing and drifting snow likely by Saturday night. It will also be more efficient at sticking to roadways making travel hazardous.
 
Dangerous wind chills will follow for Sunday afternoon and evening as temperatures struggle to get out of the single digits above zero. Wind chills will likely drop to at least 15 degrees below zero. Some type of wind chill advisory is likely to be issued for this time frame.
 
BOTTOM LINE: If you plan to travel Friday night through Sunday, make sure and pay attention to the latest forecast updates. Your vehicle should also be equipped with a winter weather survival kit.