A strong cold front is blasting through the Tri-States this Thursday afternoon. The cold front passage will be accompanied by strong, gusty winds out of the west/northwest. Gusts could get as high as 35-40 mph. The chance of rain will increase after the front passes. Rain coverage and intensity will increase as it moves east in the afternoon. Daytime highs will be cooler than, in the upper 30s for the northern tier of the Tri-States and low to mid 40s for the southern tier. Heading into the evening, models still showing temperatures being cold enough to see some spotty light rain/snow showers.
A low pressure system currently just to our north will continue to impact us into Friday and Friday evening. We are looking to have fairly good coverage of snow throughout the area. The snow should come to an end by Friday night. As of right now, it looks like the best forcing looks to be over the far west/northwest side of the Tri-States in Missouri. This area could see several inches of snow, with amounts tapering down from there the further east and southeast you go. Daytime highs will be in the mid 30s. That will mean most of the accumulating snow could occur on grassy/elevated surfaces. However, where there are heavier pockets of snow, it could start to accumulate on the roads as well. This could lead to some travel impacts. Be sure to plan ahead and maybe leave for work a little early Friday morning. It will be another windy day, with gusts up to 25-30 mph, which could lead to blowing snow and reduced visibilities.
Here is the current possible snow totals map. When chief meteorologist Brian Inman comes in later in the afternoon/evening, this may need to be tweaked some. As we will have new model data then.