Western's Weather Wrap: Winter Storm Arrives Tonight

Winter Storm Hunter a Potential Plains Blizzard Wednesday, Thursday; Then a Mess of Snow, Ice in Ohio Valley

Phase 2 (Friday-Saturday): Late this week, another area of low pressure may develop and spread snow, sleet and freezing rain across parts of the Ohio Valley, Great Lakes and interior Northeast. Highs are forecast to reach only the teens in Duluth on Thursday, and the single digits above zero on Friday. Northwest wind 10 to 15 miles per hour, with gusts as high as 20 miles per hour.

Saturday, there's a 60 percent chance of rain before 1 p.m., then a chance of rain and snow.

We may be enjoying a "heat wave" in central in right now, but it'll be short-lived as the next winter system makes its way into the area with the potential to drop several inches of snow along its path. By 4pm, the average area temperature will be 4 degrees, but the wind chill could drop to -20 with northwest winds gusting to 31 miles per hour. On Friday there is a slight chance of rain and snow in the morning. The rain, heavy at times will continue Friday and into Saturday. Southeast wind around 5 miles per hour.

Winter storm watch in effect from Wednesday evening through Thursday afternoon.

Thursday Night: Showers likely. Wind chill values as low as -9.

Flood watches have been issued for all of western NY except Allegany County through late Friday night, the weather service said. The region, which has been nearly completely dry this winter, was expected to get as much as 4 inches of rain by early Tuesday.

Friday Partly sunny, with a high near 35.

Sunday will be mostly sunny, with a high of 31 and low of 19.

This swath of snow could be heavy, and there's potential for significant ice accumulation in areas where freezing rain is most persistent. Windy, with a north northwest wind 18 to 28 miles per hour.

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