TEMPS TAKE A PLUNGE
An arctic cold front drops south bringing light rain and snow showers to the area. We could see rain showers north and west as early as 10pm but the bulk of the precipitation will arrive after midnight. We are not expecting much in the form of accumulation so traveling should be okay. While the high temperature of the day will likely be around 46 degrees right before the front blows through, lows will drop to the low to middle 30s in the morning hours.
It will be our first taste of the season of an arctic shot. Temperatures will run 15 to 20 degrees below average. Morning lows will run in the 20s while highs will struggle through the 30s despite sunshine.
Tuesday, lows will start in the mid 30s but temperatures will not move much, we may touch 40 degrees by afternoon but with gusty winds, it will feel like the upper 20s to low 30s much of the day. Clouds will start out thick but give way to a mix of clouds and more sunshine. You may see a few snowflakes flying by from time to time.
Then we do it again Wednesday with the coldest air in place as high pressure settles in clearing our skies. Lows will rocket to the mid and upper 20s and only remain in the 30s for the afternoon. Winds will thankfully be calmer.
High pressure will slide a bit east and upper level trough lifts out of here allowing for temperatures to climb. With plenty of sunshine, highs should make to the upper 40s despite a very cold start Thursday morning. Friday, there will be a quick moving disturbance towards evening producing a few more clouds but we should see temperatures finally back into the low to mid 50s.
THE WEEKEND OUTLOOK
Much milder for the weekend with highs returning to the mid and upper 50s. It will be dry and sunny to start the weekend but rain showers will be likely for Sunday as a system brings the wet weather threat.
Still seeing mild air for Monday but clouds hang around and there still could be a shower in the area. Models are in disagreement this far out with the Sunday-Monday time frame but of course we’ll update the forecast as needed in the days to come.
Remember to check out the National Weather Service site for daily WINTER WEATHER and learn how you can prepare for winter. This week is WINTER WEATHER AWARENESS WEEK. http://www.erh.noaa.gov/ctp/safety/WinterWeek/
MaryEllen Pann, Chief Meteorologist
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