Cold Wednesday lined up for the area – Nick

Good early Wednesday morning, everyone. Our Tuesday turned out to be an okay day across the area. Even though we had partly sunny skies, the south wind that gusted up to 40 mph at times during the day really helped temperatures out. While it was nice to see highs in the middle 40s on Monday, we saw highs push back into the upper 40s and lower 50s for our Tuesday afternoon after we started the day out near 30.

While we were thankful to see the southerly and southwesterly wind pick up throughout our Tuesday, it was in response to our next cold front that’s working in from the north.

While this front only has enough lift and moisture to keep some cloud cover around this morning and for today, we’re watching a system upstairs as well. An upper-level low developed over the state of Montana the other day. That’s the low that will come nearby with enough lift and more moisture to bring some snow chances our way fairly soon.

Before that upper-level low can do anything, our southwest wind that we had the other day will shift out of the north and northwest behind the passing cold front. While we’ll continue to bounce back and forth between partly cloudy and mostly clear skies, everyone should plan on a cold start to the day with lows dropping into the 20s.

Even with partly sunny skies in the forecast for the day, the north and northwest wind (although lighter at 5-10 mph) will certainly make for a colder afternoon compared to the other day. Most areas will top out in the middle to upper 30s for our Wednesday afternoon.

While we’ll start this evening out dry, mostly cloudy skies will build back in as the upper-level wave comes into play. Once we hit midnight, we’ll watch for developing bands of light (sometimes moderate) snow to our west and northwest start to roll on in.

While these snow showers pass on through, we can’t rule out scattered snow flurries across other parts of the area. With this wave keeping snow chances and cloud cover around, you can see how this will force temperatures down into the teens to start our Thursday morning out.

Fortunately, our snow chances will be limited to just our Thursday morning. As the wave quickly pushes away from the region, we’ll see our mostly cloudy start to the day turn partly sunny throughout the afternoon. Even with that being the case, it will be a cold Thursday afternoon with most areas seeing highs in the lower 20s.

In terms of how much snow we could see with Thursday’s system, the expected coverage of snow may have slightly expanded. However, the expected amounts still look the same. In general, these bands of snow could leave some areas with as little as a dusting of snow and other areas as much as an inch. These amounts will be due to the speed of the system and some pockets of dry air above the surface for the snow to overcome. If any bands of moderate snow can overcome those pockets of dry air or if we see any other changes in the forecast that could yield more snow for some, we’ll make the adjustments as we go along.

After Thursday’s wave, we’ll see partly sunny skies return to allow temperatures to climb back into the upper 30s as we kick off the weekend. While the weekend starts dry, another system wants to head our way as we work into late Saturday and Sunday morning. You can see how that system wants to bring rain chances back into the region down below.

Not only will that system bring some rain chances our way for part of the upcoming weekend, it will send another blast of colder air our way. After we see highs push into the lower to middle 50s on Saturday, Sunday will see lows drop into the upper 20s before highs can only jump back into the middle 30s. At least we’ll be dry for next Monday and Tuesday with highs wanting to bounce back near normal. Doug has you covered with his long range forecast through the rest of the month down below.

Have a great Wednesday!


Jan. 12th-15th: Rain and snow chances Wednesday. That will take us from a cool Wednesday to cold temperatures for the rest of the week. We’ll be dry Thursday through Saturday.

Jan. 16th-22nd: Mainly chilly for this week. Slight rain chances on Monday and Friday.

Jan. 23rd-30th:  Rain chances on Monday and Tuesday. This could mix with a little snow on Tuesday.  Then a chilly week with warmer temperatures by the weekend with rain chances.

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