Wednesday, January 18, 2017 Latest Update: 11:00 PM
Temperatures have been dropping through the 20's tonight, but as clouds and fog begin to arrive, these should level off and slowly rise towards morning. These conditions will lead to refreezing of slush and puddles, and with some black ice, slick areas on the roads and sidewalks are again likely.
The mild pattern will continue, but unfortunately it will come with clouds and eventually more rain chances. Clouds will be moving in Thursday, and though some sun is possible, a mostly cloudy sky is expected to dominate. Despite the added clouds, it will still warm up with highs again in the upper 30's. An upper low spinning over the South-Central U.S. will begin to lift north, while a surface low and front also do the same. This system will lift more moisture into the Upper Midwest with showers likely arriving at night. Showers and drizzle are likely into Friday, making for a wet finish to this work week. Though there may be a few reports of freezing rain, temperatures are expected to remain mild enough for this not to be a widespread concern. Friday will also top out in the upper 30's.
This entire system will be slow to move out, lingering over the region through the weekend. This will keep the clouds around along with a good chance of more drizzle and scattered showers on Saturday. As the weak low lifts north and pushes to our west, milder air will continue to push into the state, with readings rising into the lower 40's. Slow improvements are forecast on Sunday as much of the lift and moisture then begin to move out through the day, with just low end shower and drizzle chances remaining.
Another, larger low is then forecast to impact parts of the Ohio Valley and mid-south later in the weekend and early next week, allowing us to dry out for a few days. Monday will still come with a mostly cloudy sky, while a bit of sun could return by Tuesday. Temperatures are expected to slowly drop, back down into the 30's. We will be watching the pattern next week as there are some indications another potential system could swing up our way with a wintry mix arriving by next Wednesday.
-Meteorologist Darren Maier