Warmer air is finally blowing back into the region today, meaning we’re taking a step closer to more November-like weather as we approach the weekend. The Arctic high pressure that kept us in the deep freeze for the midweek is slowly drifting to the east and southerly winds behind it are helping push some warmer air into the Upper Mississippi Valley.
Clouds are moving through the area today ahead of a warm front to our west, but it looks like we’ll see at least a little sunshine from time to time in the afternoon while south winds will become rather gusty in the midday and afternoon as temperatures climb into the lower 30s later in the day which is still about 15 degrees below the seasonal average, but definitely an improvement from the lower 20s we experienced on Thursday.
Clouds will thicken and south winds will remain gusty for the evening as the warm front moves through the area while temperatures hover in the lower 30s until late in the night. Skies will clear off late behind the front and it looks like we’ll enjoy a fair amount of sunshine Saturday, at least for the first half of the day with a lighter breeze than today’s gusty wind. A few light rain showers will be possible in the afternoon and early evening tomorrow, but even so we’ll still manage to see high temperatures around 40 degrees.
A cold front will swing through the region late Saturday night, allowing colder air to again invade from the northwest and it looks like we’ll have a blustery Sunday with a chance of afternoon and early evening snow. Right now it looks like about half an inch of accumulation is possible with high temperatures in the upper 20s and wind chills in the teens.
Another Arctic air mass will pour in for Monday and Tuesday of next week, so high temperatures will only be in the teens with lows in the single digits for the most part. A clipper type storm system Wednesday will bring a chance for some light snow with high temperatures in the 20s and it looks like drier weather prevails beyond that with a slow warm-up to the 30s later in the week.
Here is Meteorologist Ted Schmidt’s mid-morning weather update: