A windy return to winter

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A massive storm system is cranking just to our west, this evening. This is bringing a shutdown blizzard to parts of Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri over the next 24 hours.

That storm will roll our way on Tuesday and bring widespread rain, thunderstorms and high wind. Gusts late tonight and Tuesday will exceed 40mph at times. Temps will be in the 50s early Tuesday, before the cold air crashes in from southwest to northeast.

The cold air will continue to filter in here Tuesday night and Wednesday as a northwesterly flow becomes established. Snow showers and snow squalls will be very common from that point into the coming weekend. These will get periodic boosts from energy dropping in here on that same northwesterly wind.

Add it all up and you can get accumulating snow across much of our region. A few to several inches will be possible during this prolonged stretch. That’s not all coming at once, but an aggregate total over a several day run.

Temps will be WELL BELOW normal as we close out the month and head into February. Normals are right at 50 degrees for highs and we will have several days where we struggle to get past 32 degrees.