It gonna get cold!
It gonna get cold!
VAN WERT COUNTY – Bursts of heavy snow squalls and strong, gusty winds ushered in the coldest air of the season Thursday evening and into the night. Temperatures that fell into the middle teens in some areas were predicted not to recover above the high teens and low 20’s over the day Friday.

Fresh snow ushered in Thursday evening and early Friday have been predicted by National Weather Service officials to cause blowing and drifting snow that could cause problems on rural roads over the next couple of days. In the meantime, falling temperatures are continued to expand across the Midwest early into next week.

Earlier, National Weather Service officials had predicted that Thursday’s system would begin as a mixture of snow and rain and then eventually turn into snow as cold air fed into the system. However, the precipitation started with a burst of snow and remained as such, blown around by swirling winds as the Arctic air moved toward the local area later in the evening on Thursday.

“National Weather Service officials are watching a deep wedge of arctic air build to the north of us,” said Weather Specialist Rick McCoy early this week.

“It appears that the coldest air of the season will be here by the weekend,” add McCoy.

Several bursts of snow are anticipated over the lowering temperatures for the next few days. Following a high of 17 degrees accompanied by a wind chill of -5 degrees today, another round of light snow is expected to pass over the area tonight, accompanied by a low of 6 degrees.

Sunday could be the coldest day of the first Arctic outbreak with a high of 14 degrees and a low of 6 degrees on Sunday night. In addition, another round of light snow is anticipated Sunday evening through Monday evening. Temperatures are expected to remain well below average for the rest of next week with the possibility of a 0 low by next Thursday night.

“The continuing progressive pattern will insert a brief “but only slightly warmer system next Tuesday, but the return to cold and lake effect snow is expected for the latter part of the week, potentially colder than this weekend,” stated the National Weather Service.