Tonight: Clear sky mixed with patchy clouds and very cold. Lake effect snow tapers after midnight. Low: -3 to 6

Friday: Clouds increase. Chance of snow showers after ~5pm. Daytime accumulations will be less than 1”. High: 18-23

Friday Night: Bitterly cold. 60% chance of scattered snow showers with embedded snow squalls. Squalls may develop west to east after ~9pm. 1-3” of snow is possible. Low: -3 to 3

Forecast By: Chief Meteorologist Howard Manges

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Forecast snapshot:
• Lake effect tapers overnight.
• Snow squalls are possible late Friday; details located below.
• Brutal cold and dangerous wind chills this weekend.
• Highs in the single digits with sub-zero lows.
• Wind chills this weekend could be as low as 25 to 35 below zero; especially overnight.
• Monitoring potential for a storm on Tuesday/Wednesday.

Forecast details:
Scattered lake effect snow showers will end after midnight. The winds will relax tonight with lows ranging from -3 to 6. Wind chills will range from -6 to -15.

Most of Friday looks quiet with highs in the upper teens to low 20s. Some sun is possible early, but clouds will increase. An arctic cold front will cross the area Friday night and temperatures will plummet Saturday. Scattered snow showers are likely after about 5pm and as the arctic front approaches conditions look favorable for snow squall development. The timing of any squalls looks to be in the 9pm to 2am time frame from west to east. Lows will range from -4 to 2. A few inches of snow is possible as the squall passes through.

Saturday will be exceptionally and dangerously cold; especially overnight into Sunday. Early highs will be in the low single digits and will fall below zero in the early afternoon. Winds could gust 30-40mph and this would create wind chills as low as -25 to -35. Some lake effect snow showers are possible Saturday, but significant accumulations are not expected at this time. Overnight lows will drop well below zero and could be as low as -10 to -18. Sunday’s highs will struggle to 10. Sunday does not look as windy or cold, but it will still be frigid with highs struggling to 10. Some early snow showers taper to some afternoon sunshine.

The retreats quickly; Monday’s highs are expected to be back in the mid 20s. Tuesday needs to be monitored for a potential storm. At this time, if the storm materializes, we look to be in the rain/snow/mix region. We’ll be watching this carefully. More mixed showers are possible Wednesday with highs in the mid 30s.