Thursday, December 28 Morning Forecast Discussion

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Happy Thursday! Clouds have hung around through the night and temperatures as you head out the door this morning will be in the upper-20’s to low-30’s. These clouds should decrease as we head into the afternoon hours, but not before a stray shower could move through southern parts of our area. If cold enough, a light mix of rain and sleet can’t be entirely ruled out, but this seems unlikely. Even if this were to occur, it would be too light to cause any issues. Highs for your Thursday will struggle to reach the 50 degree mark, so another chilly day is in store, though we will see some peaks of sunshine by the afternoon. Mostly clear skies tonight will help drop low temperatures well into the upper-20’s area-wide. Friday and Saturday are shaping up to be the best days of the next seven, with sunny skies and highs creeping back towards average by Saturday. This warm-up will be short lived as much colder temperatures will welcome us in 2018.

We’re still keeping a close eye on a system that will move through our area on Sunday. It’s looking increasingly likely that we will see a wintry mix of precipitation that could cause some travel woes Sunday morning and Sunday night. There could be some accumulation of ice with this, especially north of I-20, but the exact amounts remain to be seen. A significant winter weather event is not expected to occur, but it could cause some trouble for New Year’s Eve festivities, so we’ll keep you posted on any developments as models still work out the exact timing and strength of the system.

Expect bitterly cold temperatures for the start of next week with highs only making it into the 30’s and lows could drop into the upper-teens. A hard freeze may occur, especially north of I-20 by Monday and Tuesday, before we finally “warm” up back to 40 by Wednesday.