Thursday, January 11 Afternoon Forecast Discussion

Lots of clouds and isolated to scattered showers around the area. Showers will continue to be with us until about 2 or 3 am when our cold front arrives. This front will bring with it a larger rain shield and some embedded thunderstorms. Any storms will not be severe, but some gusty winds are possible. Winds will be from the south from about 8-15 mph ahead of the front and turn quickly northwest from 10-20 mph behind the front. Rainfall amounts look to be near a half an inch.

Rain will be exiting as we wake up Friday morning. During the late morning and early afternoon hours, some wrap around moisture in our northern counties could become a wintry mix of rain / snow / sleet / freezing rain. Little to no accumulation is expected with the chance of seeing a mix mainly north of Highway 16 and the best chances along and north of Highway 14.

Temperatures will plummet through our Friday with our high (62) happening at midnight and our low (29) happening just before midnight Saturday. With winds gusty from the northwest, wind chills will knock off a good 10 to 15 degrees, making Friday a cold, raw day.

We wake up Saturday morning in the middle 20s and struggle back to 40 through the afternoon. We keep lows in the 20s for the rest of the upcoming week with a shot at seeing 10s Wednesday morning as we get a reinforcing shot of cold air behind a Tuesday front. Tuesday's front may bring a stray shower or flurry as it passes prior to sunrise. Highs will be in the 40s through Monday, 30s for Tuesday and Wednesday, and then back to the 40s on Thursday.

There are signs we see a major warm up for next weekend to help us again thaw from the brutal cold.