Calm through Monday; snow showers and bitter cold to follow

The snow is likely to continue, becoming heavy at times through the night, before tapering off Monday morning as the low begins to move away.

A light batch of snow moved across North Alabama and South Tennessee this morning, leaving a light dusting of snow behind for some of us!

"There is increasing confidence in significant, bitterly cold air arriving in the Northern Plains, Midwest and Great Lakes in the middle of next week", the NWS said.

High temperatures were only expected to reach between 8 and 14 degrees Saturday, the NWS said. Temperatures start to moderate on Thursday and Friday, with highs potentially rebounding into the 40s by Saturday.

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The snow will fall for roughly 7 to 9 hours over the Valley.

It went on as scheduled despite temperatures so low that it caused hockey pucks to snap.

A Wind Chill Advisory (light-green shading on map below) for unsafe wind chills 20 to 30-below zero is in effect for close-in Chicago and south of Interstate-80 Thursday night into Friday morning. Gusty winds both Wednesday and Thursday will create unsafe wind chills near 20 below zero by Thursday morning! A very strong cold front will dive through the area Monday morning bringing a quick mix of light rain and snow followed by sharply colder temperatures.

Tonight will be partly to mostly cloudy, and lows will be in the mid to upper single digits. After the snow the concern transitions to the arrival of bitter cold, arctic air and dangerously low wind chills.

  • Sonia Alvarado