Sunny and very cold today
Cold sunshine has dominated our weather picture for the past several days and it looks to stick around for our Tuesday as high pressure slowly glides across the Upper Mississippi Valley. A slightly warmer air mass will begin to build in behind that high pressure, setting the stage for the beginning of a very gradual warming trend. Expect high temperatures slightly above zero this afternoon with just a light north breeze. Even without much wind in the area, a Wind Chill Advisory will remain in effect until 10 AM with wind chill values as cold as -30 to -35. A portion of North Iowa will be in a Wind Chill Warning with wind chill values in the -40 range at times until 10 AM.
Light Wednesday snow
Temperatures will warm a little more for Wednesday as slightly warmer air will flow into the region ahead of a weak storm system that will move in from the Plains. Clouds will thicken early in the morning with light snow developing in the midday and afternoon hours. Snowfall accumulation of less than an inch is expected across the area so it won't be much to shovel but may make for a somewhat slick evening commute. High temperatures tomorrow will be in the low to mid-teens with light south winds.
Bright and tranquil late in the week
Temperatures will continue to climb later this week with cold sunshine and light winds under high pressure keeping our weather quiet for Thursday and Friday. High temperatures will be in the mid and upper teens for both days.
Seasonable temps for the weekend
Clouds will thicken Saturday afternoon and evening as a storm system approaches from the Plains. Light snow will develop Saturday night, lingering into Sunday morning with a minor coating of accumulation expected across the area by early afternoon when sunshine looks to slowly re-emerge. High temperatures Sunday will be in the lower 30s, the warmest readings we will have enjoyed since February 4th when Arctic air in this spell of bitterly cold weather first started pouring into the region.
A milder outlook for next week
Warmer air will continue to flow into the Midwest next week while our weather pattern begins to look a bit busier and more active. Expect sunshine next Monday with high temperatures in the lower 30s with a few light snow showers and little in the way of accumulation next Tuesday. Another storm system may bring a little more snowfall for next Thursday as temperatures continue to consistently reach the lower 30s each afternoon and overnight temperatures hover in the teens and lower 20s.
Here is your morning weather update from Meteorologist Ted Schmidt: