Meteorological winter ends today - we use the months of December, January and February as the 'winter' months. Since December 1st, today marks the 58th day above to average above normal. That's a sizable 64% of the day, most of which occurred during the month of December when 25 of the 31 days where warmer than normal.
Preliminary numbers show this as the 12th warmest winter on record with the average temperature of 35.4°
WINTER STORM SWEEPS THE MIDWEST
Winter chill and snow isn't far away and will return very soon. Nearby, winter storm warnings and advisories have been hoisted as a new storm systems moves in Tuesday. Accumulation of 6" of snow is possible to our north.
Rain will accompany the storm along with a chance of a t-storm as we sit initially on the warm side of the system. Colder air will wrap around the storm and bring a period of wet snow across the area from west to east Tuesday evening and ending early Tuesday night. I'm posting below the forecast radar/satellite off the Hi-Res HRRR model fopr 10 AM and the RPM computer images 7 PM Tuesday.
A slushy coating of snow could stick to roof tops, cars and grassy areas. Any snow that falls should have a hard time sticking or lasting after the rain and recently warm temperatures. A coating to up to 1" locally is possible before ending quickly later Tuesday evening.
SNOW COULD STICK LATER IN WEEK
A chance of a 'sticking' snow will be possible again early Thursday morning. A new system will dive southeast and spread snow in for the Thursday AM commute. We will updated later tonight and Tuesday for snow amounts.