Blustery. That pretty well sums up today's weather as a rather strong cold front moved through the state during the late night and early morning hours followed by strong pressure rises and gusty northerly winds. This also makes a temperature forecast rather tricky as those winds are bringing much cooler air into the state but at the same time we will have enough sunshine to offset the cold air advection to a certain extent. Those high, thin, cirrus clouds are not expected to be thick enough to keep temperatures from recovering back into the upper 40s during the afternoon hours.
However, as soon as the sun goes down, we will cool off quickly with temperatures below freezing before midnight. Look for the winds to settle down to the 10-15 mph range after sunset as well under mostly fair skies with just some of those high level, cirrus clouds.
We will stay pretty cold until the middle of next week with temperatures running 10-15 degrees below normal. Daytime highs will generally be near the 40 degree mark for Sun, Mon, and Tue under partly cloudy to at times mostly cloudy skies. Overnight lows will generally be in the lower 20s, but at least the winds will not be as strong. One other feature of note is an upper level system that we have been watching for the last several days which will be moving across the state on Tuesday. It does not have much moisture to work with but may just be strong enough to wring out some snow flurries during the day Tuesday. If so, it will not amount to much and is nothing to get excited about.
Wednesday will start off clear and cold followed by a moderating trend through the end of the week. After that, it appears a series of weaker cool fronts will be affecting our weather every few days with presently no indication of any precipitation with any of them.
So, stay tuned and check back for updates.