Well, we have awoken to chilly temps across the region. Some of us also have some low level clouds, but those are anticipated to clear out soon.
Those clouds really kept the bottom from dropping out last night, as those to our northwest without cloud cover saw temps drop into the teens for lows.
Today looks to remain largely cold, but with mostly sunny skies. Highs should be around 36°F-37°F across the region today.
Atmospheric Flame Thrower Wednesday
On Wednesday, we begin to set up shop ahead of our next weather maker on Thursday and Friday. A surface low will be centered across the Great Lakes region, with a cold front gradually sagging southeast. This will set up southwesterly flow.
Southwesterly flow almost always warms us up. With most temperature gradients ahead of a front like this, it is the most effective way to advect warm air.
When we have sunshine for much of the day, it only enhances the temperature rise. I think highs tomorrow will reach around 57°F region wide, but we may take a run at 60°F in some spots.
It will also be a bit breezy out there. Models are indicating that we could have some wind gusts in the 20-25 mph range tomorrow afternoon. Be sure to hang onto your hats!
Cloudy, Gloomy Thursday
Thursday will be an odd day. For several days last week, the models were indicating a winter weather threat for Thursday and Friday, and they completely dropped the idea about two days ago.
Yeah, it was odd. But, now we are just looking at the likelihood of rainfall ahead of a cold front across the region. Models are even split on how much we will get, too.
I think the best chances for rain on Thursday will be from around 10 am through 2 pm, and 0.25-0.5″ looks the range of precipitation we should see out of this.
If we are lucky, cold air could rush in behind the cold front fast enough to potentially change rain to snow, but this looks brief. I’m not expecting any accumulations at this time.
Highs should be in the 40s on Thursday before falling quickly behind the cold front into the mid teens Friday morning. So to sum it up, this is what this week should look like from a temperature perspective: