A pleasant Friday
We're wrapping up the week on a bright and very pleasant note as high pressure is settling into the region from the northwest, setting the stage for a sunny, mild Friday. Expect a mostly sunny sky throughout the day with light northwest winds and high temperatures will be in the mid-40s. That's more than five degrees above the seasonal average and with a lot less wind in the area than the blustery conditions we experienced on Thursday.
A mild weekend
Warm sunshine will be the rule for Saturday on the backside of high pressure that will be drifting eastward across the Upper Mississippi Valley. High temperatures tomorrow will be in the low to mid-50s with a slight southwest breeze. Temperatures will remain mild into the evening with temperatures slowly falling through the 40s before midnight.
Sunday also looks mild, but with thickening clouds and a brisk easterly breeze as a storm system begins to approach the area. A few spotty rain showers will be possible late in the day and especially during the evening hours. High temperatures will be in the mid and upper 40s with wind chill values in the 30s.
Snow Sunday night and Monday
A storm system moving in from the west will bring the first significant chance for accumulating snow since the beginning of the month on Monday. At this point, we can expect snowfall to develop around midnight Monday morning with the heaviest accumulation occurring in the morning hours. Snow will slowly taper off early in the afternoon Monday with high temperatures in the mid-30s and a brisk easterly breeze. Snowfall totals may be in the light to moderate range, possibly around two to six inches as it now appears.
Seasonable temps for most of next week
A weak cold front will move through the area late next Tuesday, bringing a slight chance for a few spotty rain showers. With occasional sunshine during the day, high temperatures will be in the lower 40s.
We'll have plenty of sunshine from Wednesday through the following weekend as the storm track appears to be drifting southward and high temperatures will be in the mid to upper 40s.
Here is your morning weather update from Meteorologist Ted Schmidt: