Chicago Braces For Winter Storm; More Than 8 Inches Possible North And West Of …

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5 Things To Know About This Winter.

“It will be our first snow of the season on Saturday,” said CBS 62 Chief Meteorologist Jim Madaus. “We could see about one inch to possibly three inches here in Detroit, a little more up to our north and our west.” Forecasters say snow will develop across the region early Saturday morning and increase in coverage and intensity by the afternoon. The heaviest snowfall rates are expected late Saturday afternoon through the evening, where snowfall totals up to or in excess of 5 inches are possible.

The rain will become mixed with and then change over to snow with several inches of accumulation expected especially to the west and north of the city. The significant effects of El Nino are felt most during the late autumn and winter months in the U.S., and we’ve already started to see that influence this November.

The biggest thing to look for with a strong El Nino is an active and energetic subtropical jet stream, which brings stormy weather across the southern tier of the U.S. It also tends to flood the country with bouts of mild and moisture-laden air, and when in control can limit the number of arctic outbreaks trying to push down from the north. While there are always bouts of cold air that can pour down from time to time in November and December, we’re expecting both months to run well above average in respect to temperature.

It’s looking like the recent trend of ‘shifted seasons’ will continue, with the majority of true winter weather waiting it out until after the New Year’s champagne is poured. If we’re going to pick up some decent snowfall and go through stretches of very cold winter air, they should be more focused late in the season – mid-January through mid-March. This winter should bring the triumphant return of more traditional storms, bringing mixed precipitation, coastal fronts, and rain/snow lines setting up in the 128 corridor.

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