Clouds moved in during the afternoon and will stay with us for a good part of tonight. Unlike the last few overnights, this will keep temperatures above zero tonight. Clouds and moisture streaming to our west with a weak front will mostly stay out of our area, but a weak trough to the north will slide through, bringing the chance of a few flurries. Temperatures won't drop much until the trough passes and the sky clears late at night. Lows will be in the single digits.
The next few days will feature unseasonable cold, but it will be dry. Arctic high pressure will build south from Canada, bringing a good amount of sunshine on Friday, but the difference in pressure between the high and departing trough will usher in stronger northwest winds. They may gust as high as 25 mph, and with temperatures only in the single digits, it's going to be bone chilling cold! The high settles over the area on Saturday, thankfully with lighter wind, but we will have a frigid start, in the teens below zero. Despite abundant sunshine, highs will again only be in the single digits.
The second half of the weekend will bring changes. Sunday is Valentine's Day, and low pressure and a front will be arriving from the west. There is still some uncertainty as to how much moisture this system will have and its track, but we will likely see some snow from this system. The snow looks to arrive by early morning and will carry through at least part, if not much of the day. Total accumulations at this point look pretty light .. perhaps up to a few inches. Highs will be in the teens. This system will then exit at night, while the upper pattern begins to shift to a milder flow. A few additional weak systems then may work into the region during the first half of next week. This would keep at least small chances for additional snow in the forecast Monday and Tuesday. During this time, temperatures will continue to rise, and we look to see highs closer to freezing again.
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