Back comes the Sun-- Enjoy it while it lasts!

We're entering a well-deserved respite from the cloudiness of the past week-and-a-half. But, the coldest air of the season is only a few days away...

Welcome to your Friday-- it won't be long now!

We finally hit a good patch of weather (though I well-understand what some of you think of as "good" weather, aka not sunshine but tons of snow ;-). It's just in time for the weekend, so welcome back that Vitamin D and lower that Seasonal Affective Disorder.

HPC - Surface Map - Friday

A solid slug of high pressure comes to town and kicks out our storm system. Notice the wind flow indicated by the gray pressure lines (a fresh southwesterly breeze in the upper midwest). Not only is the Sun coming back, but we can expect a brief bump in temperatures. Saturday will be the best day, with highs near 50.

The Big Chill...

Just like we were talking about on January 6th, we're finally in line for a pattern shift that drops temperatures down to levels we probably should have been seeing a lot earlier (and a lot more) this winter. The arrival will be rather unheralded-- no big snowstorm or anything like that. However, there will be a few snow showers squeezed out of the arriving cold.

GFS - Sunday Afternoon GFS - Tuesday Morning

Not a lot of moisture there... but definitely a good slice of cold :-)

The deepest of the chill moves in around Tuesday morning, and it will be the first time this season the -20°C temperature line at the 850mb level reaches the tri-state. This equates to temperatures at the surface near the 10°F (brr!)

Here are some afternoon temperatures in the week ahead...

GFS - Max Temps - Saturday GFS - Max Temps - Monday GFS - Max Temps - Tuesday

Going from the 50s on Saturday to the 20s on Tuesday..? Yeah, you'll feel that. Of course, we always know it could be worse! Highs in the teens-below-zero out there in Minnesota should provide at least some perspective ;-)

Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking

Accuweather Radar

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Have a great day everyone!



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