Friday, January 3 Forecast Discussion

A beautiful sunny but very cold day outside as temperatures are struggling to reach the 40 degree mark today. The clear skies and dry air will allow temperatures to drop off quickly tonight as we will bottom out again in the 20s area wide. Our winds will turn southeast overnight and start to bring in warmer and more humid air for our Saturday, which will lead to highs in the 50s and clouds arriving in the afternoon and evening hours.

A cold front arrives on Sunday and will bring rain showers to the region. This front will also be responsible for ushering in the coldest air since 2011 (and the coldest lows ever on Tuesday) for next week.

Behind the front Sunday night, cold air will race into the region with lows Monday morning starting off in the 20s and highs struggle to reach back to 30 through the day. The coldest of the air will be felt Tuesday morning when we could break a record with a current forecast low of 13 degrees, 2 degrees below the record. We only return to freezing on Tuesday for a high. After one more day of lows in the teens, we rebound to the 40s for highs on Wednesday and 50s for Thursday and Friday, where we could see an isolated shower.

With such cold air expected, now is the time to make preparations. Make sure your heating units are working properly. Make sure all space heaters have at least three feet of space around them on all sides. Also, make sure all outdoor animals will stay warm through the night and have non-frozen water. Make sure to also check on the very young and elderly as they are most susceptible to cold weather.

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