I'm dreaming of a white...Halloween?! Here's the latest on our wintry day ahead
Halloween may be a scary day with different ghosts, ghouls and goblins, but Mother Nature may be the scariest thing of all as we round out October and begin November.Parts of Illinois and Iowa already saw accumulating snow -- including the Chicago metro -- during the early morning hours of Wednesday.
But there's more on the way for the Wednesday evening to Thursday night period. And this time, we here in Michiana will get in on the wintry fun.While we aren't expecting a whole lot in the way of accumulation, the potential is very much there for grassy and elevated surfaces to turn white by the late afternoon and evening hours on Halloween. At least in spots.
It comes down to a few factors...
- How heavy the snow falls
- Exact temperatures at your location
- Will it be too windy?
- Will the wet and warm ground prevent everything from sticking?
Regardless of accumulation amounts, we are expecting snow to fly for many at some point late in the day Thursday.
That changeover is likely in the 2-5 p.m. window with precipitation falling as a rain-snow mix or entirely snow for most by 5 p.m.The snow -- or rain-snow mix -- could fall thru 7-9 p.m. before coming to an end. To add insult to injury, temperatures will be very cold and wind gusts will ramp up by the afternoon of Halloween.
Gusts could reach 35-45 mph late in the afternoon and evening, making for a simply awful Trick-or-Treat experience when you combine the precipitation with the wind and cold.In fact, the combination of strong winds and temperatures in the 30s will lead to "feels like" temperatures in the 20s for Trick-or-Treat hours. By Friday morning, the bottom will fall out in terms of our temperatures. Actual temps will drop into the upper 20s with "feels like" temps as low as 15°. That will make for a bitterly cold start to the day on Friday.
It'll be the coldest air mass we've seen since last Spring without question.Something else to consider with this wintry system will be the large to very large waves along the lakeshore. Waves will likely pick up Thursday morning and grow throughout the day.
Maximum wave heights of 10-14' are likely across the southern half of Lake Michigan Thursday afternoon into Thursday night with most waves around 8-11'.
This will add to shoreline erosion, dune erosion and coastal flooding concerns before waves relax by Friday morning.