A large winter storm system will bring snow and strong gusty winds to the area late Wednesday night into Thursday. Rain will quickly transition to snow late Wednesday night, with icy conditions rapidly developing as temperatures plunge behind the cold front and wet roads freeze.
Winter storm watches have been issued from Wednesday night into Thursday, as the snow will begin to fall late Wednesday. Blizzard conditions will be likely, and travel could be very difficult to impossible, including during the morning commute on Thursday. Snowfall accumulations will range from a couple of inches, to as much as 6 inches, with a narrow band of higher snowfall totals possible. In addition, minor ice accumulations will also be a possibility.
Northwest winds will rapidly increase behind the front as well, as winds are expected to gust as high as 40-mph, creating whiteout conditions. Cold wind chills as low as 20 below zero will also cause frostbite in as little as 30 minutes to exposed skin.
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