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Spring weather soon to leave

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Warmer temperatures have had many in the Wabash Valley feeling like spring was on its way.

But WTHI News 10 Meteorologist David Wire said winter's not over yet.

A system heading through the area will produce at least 1-inch of snow through Thursday morning.

"It looks like for the first time (this season), this will be our first winter storm," Wire told The Brazil Times. "It doesn't look like it's going to be large, but it's definitely going to be one that has an impact."

Wire said residents could expect much colder temperatures, colder wind chills and a measurable snow fall.

"We will definitely have some slick spots (on roads)," Wire said. "For one of the first times of the season, we're going to see snow. We will have to drive differently, drive carefully and drive safely."

Wire said the main concentration of the system would produce snow by Thursday morning. He said the area to the north of Clay County, near Rockville, could see 2-3-inches of snow.

"The cut off will be pretty sharp," he said. "(This system) is going to have a lot of facets. We will get some measurable snow. It will be back to reality."

Wire said the average high temperature this time of year is 30-degrees. But in recent weeks, Wabash Valley residents have seen 50-degree temperatures, including close to 60-degrees Tuesday, or an average of 25-degrees warmer than normal.

Wire added the higher temperatures the valley has experienced could be gone after this system enters the area.

Wire said the jet stream that normally hits the area during this time of year stayed in a northern pattern, providing the warmer temperatures.

Still, Wire said valley residents would see temperatures fall back to normal within the next two days.

"I think we will see more snows and more rains," he said, "more of a wintry mix."

Temperatures were expected in the mid-30s for Thursday with a predicted high of 25-degrees Friday. Though Wire said snow is still in the forecast through the weekend, temperatures are expected to climb into the mid-40s by Monday.

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