Hey, guys. Hope you have some blankets, canned food and a hefty dose of unnecessary panic because we're about to get hit with 2-5 inches of snow. (Note: A dollar bill is 3 inches high.)
While there is indeed a Winter Weather Advisory and Winter Storm Warning for the Tri-State through 1 p.m. tomorrow, today we're only expected to see scattered rain showers (wet, not white) and a high of 38 degrees. Things will get a little dicier overnight when the temp drops to a low of 30 degrees, turning the rain to snow, but snow accumulations are only expected to hit a max of 5 inches (up to 8 inches in Northern areas such as Butler, Warren and Clinton counties). Snow will end early tomorrow morning, with a high of 36 degrees — according to weather.com. So, for us, two days of wet, cloudy, cold, breezy and unseasonable weather with a couple inches of snow. Temps go back to seasonal norms (50ish) on Thursday.
BUT, if you happen to live in other parts of the country, Winter Storm Saturn could be more of an asshole. Here are predictions for sucky stuff about to happen across the Midwest and Northeast according to weather.com:
- A winter storm watch is in effect for both Washington and Baltimore. Points to the West, including Loudoun County, are under a winter storm warning. Conditions are expected to deteriorate late Tuesday night.
- Forecasters say it's difficult to predict how much snow may accumulate in Washington and Baltimore along the crossover between rain and snow.
- Emergency responders are concerned about power outages and traffic issues. Power outages may be worse with wet, heavy snow that can bring down branches and power lines. Dominion Virginia Power says it's talking with other utilities in the South about sending crews to help restore electricity.
- Washington hasn't seen a major March snowfall since 2009.
- The Chicago area was forecast to find itself in the midst of a storm that could wind up dumping as much as 10 inches of snow before the end of Tuesday — the most since the 2011 blizzard and its more than 20 inches of snow.
- Schools across northern Illinois were closed Tuesday, including cities like Bourbonnais, DeKalb, Elgin, Naperville, Peotone, Sandwich, Sycamore and West Aurora.
- Libraries, food pantries and churches were closed across northern Illinois in advance of the storm.
- Airlines canceled nearly 1,000 flights at Chicago airports by early Tuesday, including more than 770 flights at O'Hare International Airport and more than 215 flights at Midway Airport.
- City officials urge travelers to check their flight status with airlines.
- The forecast is for 8 to 10 inches of snow throughout northwest Indiana.
- Central parts of the state will see rain during the morning.
- Forecasters say the gathering winter storm in the Midwest could pose a threat to Sandy recovery efforts along the Jersey shore.
- The biggest threat now is strong winds and rain that could become wet snow; the National Weather Service has issued a coastal flood watch for the entire Jersey shore from Wednesday afternoon through Thursday evening.
- Moderate tidal flooding is expected, with pockets of major flooding possible -- a high wind watch is also in effect from Wednesday through Thursday for north winds that could pack gusts up to 55 mph.
- Forecasters say higher parts of western Pennsylvania could get 8 to 14 inches of heavy, wet snow, while other areas will get 4 to 6 inches. The most intense snow is predicted for late Tuesday night and early Wednesday morning.
- The snow is expected in Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, Washington, Fayette and Westmoreland counties.
- Parts of Virginia could see more than a foot of heavy, wet snow.
- The National Weather Service says rain will turn to snow Tuesday night. The snow is expected to continue into Wednesday morning.
- Ten to 14 inches of snow could fall in Staunton, Waynesboro, Harrisonburg, Winchester, Front Royal and the counties of Augusta, Rockingham, Shenandoah, Frederick, Page, Warren and Clarke.
- Six to 10 inches of snow is expected in Nelson, Albemarle, Greene, Madison, Rappahannock, Loudoun, Orange, Culpeper and Fauqier counties, and the cities of Frederick, Charlottesville, and Leesburg.
- The Wisconsin State Patrol said a semi slid off a snow-covered interstate in western Wisconsin and into a river.
- The storm caused dozens of schools to cancel classes, including the districts of La Crosse, Black River Falls, Tomah and Prairie du Chien.
- The University of Wisconsin-Platteville and Viterbo University in La Crosse also canceled classes Tuesday.
- Emergency managers urged residents to put winter survival kits in their vehicles and check on road conditions."