LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Darren Maier
A cloudy finish to our Sunday as temperatures topped out just a few degrees above average, in the upper 20's. Plenty of low level moisture around the area tonight and with light winds, this will likely keep clouds around along with developing fog. Temperatures in the 20's means this will be freezing fog, so be aware of changing road conditions. Lows will be in the low to mid 20's.
Southwest flow will be increasing on Monday as the next cold front quickly approaches from the west. As winds pick up this will allow any fog to move out early and clouds may also try to mix with some sun during the day. In addition to the breezes, temperatures will also be climbing higher, with readings in the mid 30's which will be about 10 degrees above average. The front will slide through at night, likely dry with variable clouds and still some breezes. Temperatures won't drop much with lows in the mid 20's. Behind this front the air will dry out as the next high pressure system arrives. This will lead to a mostly sunny day Tuesday and it will still be milder than average with highs again in the mid 30's along with more breezes.
As we head into the second half of this work week our attention will focus on a winter storm that is expected to come together in the Rockies, move out into the Plains and then slide up to the northeast into our region. Enough uncertainty remains with this still being several days out, but confidence continues to grow that we will likely see some impact from this system. Wednesday will see clouds return and as a warm front moves through the Plains we could see some snow develop by late in the day. It will be colder with the departing high pressure system, with readings in the mid 20's. The snow chance will continue into part of the night before this moves out and then we await the arrival of the main storm system into Thursday.
Chances for snow are in the forecast both Thursday and Friday as timing remains uncertain. Right now chances seem to be highest for the main area of snow to arrive sometime by later Thursday and Thursday night, exiting on Friday, but a few forecast models hold this system back longer, leading to the main snow event on Friday. It's just too early to call at this time and of course the track will play a large role in not only arrival time but snowfall amounts. This is a forecast that will likely go through some changes in the coming days, so it's best to check back with us for the latest developments on this potential, late week winter storm.