Wind driven cold for Friday

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COLD WIND:  Despite the temps holding in the 30s today with a degree or two better than yesterday, a stiff westerly wind will cut out any gain we make in the temperature department.  It’s going to be downright cold today!   Sunshine returns after daybreak and temps rise to the middle 30s.  However, west winds will reach the 10-18mph range, with gusts into the low 20s.  Brrr!!!  Wear something that will block that wind from your skin.

This evening, we’re slow to drop in temps thanks to the cold wind.  It will relax a bit slowly overnight.  Lows will hit the low 20s.

QUICK SHOT:  A chunk of energy will shoot across the region Saturday night into Sunday.  So on Saturday, expect plenty of sunshine with a few clouds arriving late.  Highs will hit the upper 30s with much less wind!  Great day to get to the Farm Show!

Sunday we’ll see added clouds form energy that passes through.  A quick moving system may bring flurries, but we’re not expecting much other than that.  Highs will be held in the middle 30s.

“WARM” WEEK AHEAD:  I doubt many of you will consider 40s warm, but it’s an improvement in the temperature department for the week ahead.  Flow shifts more southerly beginning Monday, which allows us to warm to near 40° with plenty of sunshine.  By Tuesday we’re in the mid 40s.

Many of the models are speeding up the development of a storm system that will originate over the Mississippi River Valley.  So we’re expecting clouds to arrive Wednesday with a continued warm up to the upper 40s.  Rain is expected to begin later in the day and will linger into Thursday.  This system will move quickly and not pull too much cold air behind it as of now.  This could change, so we’ll watch it closely.

Until then have a great Friday and a fantastic first weekend of 2013!

– Jeff Jumper, Fox43 Morning Meteorologist
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