Sunday night’s snow may come with sleet

Image Credit: National Weather Service Northern Indiana

When our next round of snow begins on Sunday night, it’s likely to continue into Monday morning.

But, with a pocket of above freezing air higher up in the atmosphere, some of the snowflakes may partially melt on their way to the ground and then re-freeze into ice pellets before they reach surface level.

If we see a lot of sleet, it’ll cut down our snow totals.  If the event turns out to be all snow, some spots could see up to 3” of accumulation.

The Live Doppler 15 Fury Storm Team will be monitoring temperature changes in the atmosphere closely.   This is because, if the pocket of above freezing air higher up in the atmosphere increases in size, our potential for freezing rain/ice will increase, making travel on area roads even more difficult.

Got this all straight?  If you’re still a little unsure of how the different winter precipitation types form, check out the explainer graphic from the National Weather Service Northern Indiana Office that’s at the top of this post.

 

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