A gradual warm-up through the weekend

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Today: Partly or mostly cloudy and rather cold.
High: 17 Wind: West 5-10

Tonight: Partly cloudy to clear and chilly.
Low: 4 Wind: West around 5

Saturday: Mostly sunny and remaining cold.
High: 24 Wind: West-Southwest 5-10

Today you will have to endure some rather cold weather but it will be the coldest day in the outlook. We should experience a gradual warm-up through the weekend and into next week.

As mentioned yesterday, high pressure is gradually moving into and developing over the upper Midwest. This means not much chance of snow for some time to come. It also means we will see a good amount of sunshine. Today is the one day that we will have a few more batches of clouds moving through and that will keep temperatures well below normal. After starting in the single digits, high temps should reach the mid to upper teens this afternoon. Thankfully there will not be too much wind. The westerly wind will be around 5 to 10 mph.

Mainly clear skies will prevail over the next few nights and that means low temps will drop quite a bit. Waking up on Saturday, Sunday, and Monday mornings, lows will be in the single digits with a few spots dropping a little below zero.

Mainly clear skies during the daytime hours means we should experience a little warmer weather each day. High temps should climb into the low and middle 20s on Saturday, top out in the mid to upper 20s on Sunday, a reach normal levels – in the upper 20s – on Monday.

Winds will turn to a more southwesterly direction on Tuesday and this will start to warm thing up a bit more. The mercury should climb into the low 30s and then high should stay in the low to mid 30s for the rest of the week (Wednesday through Friday). A low pressure system developing over the middle of the nation on Wednesday and Thursday could be close enough to our area to bring a little snow. It is too early to say if there will be much accumulation, but as of now, it looks like the heavier rain and snow will probably stay to our south.

Have a splendid Friday! Meteorologist Justin Loew 4:30 a.m. 7-December 2018



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