On Thursday, WTHI News-10 Meteorologist David Wire told The Brazil Times Wabash Valley residents could expect much colder temperatures come Monday morning.
He said a "very large" system began developing over California Thursday. Although Wire said meteorologists would have a better idea of what kind of weather the Midwest could expect by today, he believed strong winds on the backside of the system would result in much colder temperatures.
"It could cause some headaches. We're going to get some precipitation, it's just a question of how much," Wire said. "We should see all forms of precipitation: Rain, freezing rain, sleet and snow."
Wire said the winds developing on the back of the system being tracked could result in wind chills below zero. He added blowing and drifting could be a problem for Monday morning commuters.
"Every hour that goes by, we're starting to get good looks at (the system)," Wire said. "It will feel colder at the beginning of next week due to the strong winds on the back side of this system that is developing. We'll have the coldest wind chill for the season so far."
Wire said the area is currently in the middle of a La Nina pattern, often resulting in "wild temperature swings" and a snowy start for winter.
"But it should be a little warmer this winter than last year," he said. "I know it doesn't seem like that right now.
"This is typical of a La Nina pattern," he added. "Wild swings of temperatures could be expected for the rest of winter."
Wire said another low pressure storm system was expected to go through the area late Thursday evening into Friday morning, but he expected this system to stay to the north of the area.
Still, he believed light snow and freezing rain could be a result of this system.
"There could be slick spots on the road (Friday morning)," he said.
The National Weather Service based in Indianapolis called for a light mix of wintry precipitation into Friday morning, including light snow and light freezing rain, in addition to an accumulation of snow throughout the weekend.
The good news regarding the current weather trends, Wire said, is that he believed Wabash Valley residents would be able to experience a "White Christmas."
"I believe we should have some snow for Christmas," he said.