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The Weekend is Looking Cold

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Those clouds have been tough to get rid of today and although we may see a few breaks overnight or into the morning hours of Thursday, sunny skies are going to be hard to come by. At least the light northerly winds of today will be changing around to a southerly direction for Thursday which will help temperatures moderate to near 50 after starting the day off near the freezing mark.

Another cool front will arrive late Thursday night with northerly winds for Friday and much cooler air settling in for the coming weekend. There is also a slight chance of light rain Thursday night with better chances for the more southern counties. After that system moves on by, we should see at least some sunshine for Friday afternoon and partly cloudy skies for much of the day Saturday. It will be colder this weekend with lows in the 20s for Saturday and Sunday mornings and daytime highs struggling to make it above the 40 degree mark for both days.

After that is when it gets a little more interesting. The longer range guidance has come into better agreement regarding a disturbance aloft moving across the state Sunday night and Monday morning. The question is the precipitation type as there are several parameters that suggest a window of opportunity for snow by early Monday morning, but some other parameters suggest just a cold rain. Right now, it could go either way and it will probably be another couple of model runs before we can really have confidence in which way it will go. Even if this should turn out to be a snow maker, amounts would be no more than a couple of inches according to current qpf amounts.

Southerly winds will result in moderating temperatures by Tuesday but another potentially wet system is waiting in the wings by the middle of the week. So, the next week or two should have a more active pattern with occasional chances of precipitation and given the time of year there is always the possibility of some wintry precipitation. However, given how this winter has gone, that is certainly not a lead pipe cinch.

So, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot

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