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Weather Discussion

Tonight:  Clear, frigid!  Near record cold again.  Lows: -12 to -2. (record: -6/1964).  Winds: Light.

Saturday:  Sunny and chilly.  Highs: 24-30. Winds: W/NW 2-10 mph.

Saturday Night:  Clear, frigid again!  Lows: -10 to 0 (record: -5/2014).

Sunday:  Sunshine then increasing afternoon clouds with some evening snow developing.  Highs: 26-30.

Hi there!  High pressure builds in for the weekend and keeps the clouds away until sometime Sunday morning.  So it’s a bright start to the weekend but it also means a couple of very cold starts too.  

In fact, it’s possible we set new record lows both Saturday and Sunday morning.  The current records are -6/1964 and -5/2014 respectively.  If we set the Saturday morning record it will be the seventh new record low in the 28 days this month of February or on average one every four days!  The March 1st record that could fall was set just last year (as you can see).

Generally though after the frigid starts, both days will be great to get outside and enjoy the great outdoors.  Just keep in mind that if you are travelling back from you weekend plans Sunday evening, you will have to deal with some snow.

Snow should arrive by mid-evening Sunday (6-9 PM) and light to moderate snow will continue into early Monday morning before ending.  Temperatures will be in the 20s as the snow falls so it will be somewhat powdery and should stick to the paved surfaces pretty quickly Sunday evening after it begins.  It now looks like the snow may shut off before much of the Monday morning commute begins but the commute will still be impacted and slower than average.  Accumulations look to be a bit less than the last two weekend storms we’ve had with 2-4″ expected this time for most.

Rapid clearing will follow during the day Monday with a gusty breeze and highs in the 30s.  Our next storm will be late Tuesday evening into Wednesday and for a change looks to track to our west and eventually puts us on the warmer side of the storm.  This would mean snow or mixed precipitation changing over to freezing rain and then just plain rain overnight with rain ending during the day Wednesday.  Snow amounts at this point look pretty light with more rain than snow expected.  On the other hand, any significant rainfall could be bad at this point too.  It’s a little early to give any rainfall estimates so stay tuned while we track this storm as it gets closer!

First Warning Meteorologist Rick Sluben



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