Tuesday, January 7 Forecast Discussion

Another very cold day across the area as we are looking to set two records today. We have already officially bottomed out at 10 degrees, the coldest reading ever on today's date shattering the old record of 15 set back in 1970. We also could set a record for coldest high temperature as well. The record is 33 set in 1996, and as of 2pm, Key Field was only at 28 degrees.

Temperatures tonight will fall back into the teens, but we should not break the record of 10 tonight. Tomorrow will be the first day most of us have been above freezing since late Sunday night. Highs will climb into the lower and mid 40s area wide thanks to southwesterly flow developing above the surface and winds from the southeast at the surface.

We continue to warm right into the weekend as we climb back to the 50s for Thursday and 60s for Friday. A shower will be possible as we work through Friday as more moisture and lift arrives. A cold front will march through the area on Saturday and bring with it rain showers and highs in the mid 60s as it passes.

Beyond Saturday, models disagree on our pattern set up, and thus if we see rain or not. Two options look most possible at this point: a second system on Sunday and then dry to start the work week, or a second system on Tuesday and dry for Sunday and Monday. Right now, I am leaning more towards the second option which means Sunday and Monday should be dry (outside of a lingering morning shower on Sunday) with a shot at rain on Tuesday.


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