Changes Loom as Weekend Nears

By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON
By: METEOROLOGIST MARK HENDERSON

Temperatures reached into the 30s here for the 4th consecutive day, and a 5th and 6th straight 30°+ reading is a near certainty Thursday and Friday. Despite limited sunshine Thursday, it stands to reason that several areas, especially those South of I-88, could see temperatures push close to 40°!

New into our forecast compared to Tuesday night's is a weak clipper-like system that's being picked up by our computer models to roll through the Stateline Friday afternoon and evening. Moisture levels aren't boisterous by any stretch of the imagination, but given current trends I wouldn't be shocked if this system brought an inch or two of snow to the region Friday evening, with an isolated three inch total not to be completely ruled out.

The weekend brings sun in the system's wake, although accompanying that sunshine will be a shot of colder air. Saturday's 29° high temperature will only fall a hair below normal, but Sunday's 20° will fall a good 10° from the normal high of 30°. The cold snap, though, is decidedly brief, with 30s to return Monday with a chance of rain or snow.

40° temperatures are projected to close out the month of January next Tuesday, despite a shower chance, and February opens with a similar 40° reading on Wednesday. There's no Groundhog Day Blizzard to worry about this year, 40s will again be far more likely!


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