Tuesday, January 13, 2009

No snow, but plenty of cold

So we didn't get any flurries this morning, but part 1 of the Arctic cold has definitely arrived. Temps have fallen since the cold front moved through around 4am this morning and are currently sitting in the mid 30s. I expect the temperatures to stay put between 33-37 today with clouds departing by early afternoon. Wind will remain gusty out of the north through most of the day, making it feel even colder. Late this afternoon, wind will settle down then switch back to the south during the evening hours before increasing again late tonight.

Tomorrow will provide a short reprieve from the cold with highs in the upper 40s and a gusty southerly wind ahead of Arctic blast part 2. The much-advertised front will arrive late Wednesday afternoon or early evening and it will all be downhill from there. Wind will be gusty from the north and temps will plummet overnight Wednesday with a low near 20 in the city. Wind chill readings will be in the single digits. Thursday will be the coldest day so far this winter with temps remaining in the 20s all day and a blustery north wind that will keep wind chills in the lower to mid teens throughout the day. Thursday night will be the coldest night. I am forecasting a low of 12-14 at the airport with many locations possibly seeing single digit temperatures early Friday morning. Friday will be only slightly warmer during the afternoon with a high near freezing.

The weekend looks cool but tolerable with highs in the 40s continuing into early next week. A weak system moving through this weekend could provide for some sprinkles or flurries Saturday night or Sunday but the timing and strength of this system are still difficult to determine.

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