Temperatures today have not warmed up much from our starts around 20 degrees. Only Laurel locally has even made it to 30. We will see temperatures drop off fairly quickly after sunset with lows bottoming out in the low 10s, setting a record for the coldest morning Tuesday. We only return to just below freezing for most of us, continuing our stretch of days below freezing.
With a cold night in store, make sure you leave three feet of space around all space heaters to prevent them from causing a fire. Also make sure your outdoor pets will stay warm and have unfrozen water through the night and tomorrow. Check on the elderly and young children as they are most susceptible to the cold.
Wednesday will begin a warming trend that will last into the weekend. Temperatures will start off cold in the teens again but return to the 40s for highs area wide. Clouds will be on the increase late in the day as our winds shift more from the south, bringing in much warmer air and slowly returning moisture to it as well.
Rain chances start to return as soon as Thursday as an isolated shower is possible. Friday onward has some big question marks as the evolution of our next system is not certain. For now, I am leaning towards a faster evolution, which means rain late Friday into Saturday, and then just a stray shower possible for Sunday with clearing for Monday. The more certain part of the weekend is temperatures, which will see return to the 60s by Saturday and stay there into the start of next week.