Raw west winds are pulling in drier, colder air behind the cold front that swept through the area earlier today. The storm system associated with that front brought snow and then freezing drizzle to the area last night and there will be a couple of additional chances for some snow this week as this weather pattern remains very busy. Look for temperatures to slowly drop off today, even with a little sunshine breaking through later in the day. West winds will keep wind chill values in the teens as they gust to 25miles per hour until sunset.
Clouds will thicken once again late tonight as the next storm system approaches in this busy weather pattern. Light snow will develop shortly before sunrise Wednesday with an inch or two of morning accumulation likely in our area. Later in the day, gusty west winds will draw in even colder air as temperatures will tumble from the mid 20s to the teens by the evening hours.
Arctic high pressure will settle in for Thursday, bringing bright, frigid sunshine with high temperatures expected to be only in the lower teens with wind chill levels slightly below zero all day.
A much larger storm system will make its way into the region for Friday, pulling warmer air for us, but also setting the stage for heavy snowfall. Look for snow to develop in the mid morning hours with some bursts of heavy snowfall in the afternoon. Snow will continue through Friday and Friday night and likely won't be completely finished until mid-morning Saturday. Snowfall totals may be more than six inches across the area from this system. High temperatures will be in the mid 20s Friday with lower 20s Saturday morning before colder air blows in on the heels of that large system and temperatures fall to the teens.
Colder, drier air will dominate Sunday and the early part of next week as temperatures look to fall to levels that are ten to 15 degrees below the seasonal average.
Here is your morning weather update from Meteorologist Ted Schmidt: