The actual amount of snow will depend on how fast a warming front comes thru on Monday….
6-12 inches of snow in now the highball for the amount of snow expected Monday thru Tuesday ….
Accuweather meteorologist Bon Larson said the snow will start late Sunday and continue falling throughout Monday, with flurries lingering through Tuesday. The duration of the storm will be one of its most notable features, he said, and also makes it hard to predict how much snow to expect.
Monday evening, the snow could be dropping up to 2 inches per hour, and winds will be strong, with gusts near 45 mph. That falls short of the steady 40 mph winds that define a blizzard, but with temperatures in the lower 20s and “real feel” in the lower teens, that definition may seem like nitpicking.
Monday morning’s commute will likely be especially messy.
Hazardous weather warnings were up from the upper Midwest to the Northeast. Snow was expected to start in Chicago Saturday afternoon and move steadily east. When the frigid system slams into another air mass moving up from the south and the somewhat warmer coastal air, the storm will evolve into a nor’easter.
And while Accuweather meteorologist Bill Deger admitted that this season has already had a few big storm predictions go bust, this one seems like more of a sure thing, he said. “This one looks to be more on the snowy side, because of all the cold air we have ahead of it,” he said….