A clear and cold start to Thursday with most of us waking up to subzero temperatures. Factor in the wind chill and it feels even colder, especially in our northern counties where a wind chill advisory is valid through late morning.
Plenty of sunshine ahead for the day, but do not be deceived...it will still be cold through the entire day! Temperatures will stay in the single digits with a north northwest wind of 5-10 miles per hour.
High pressure will dominate the weather pattern through the start of the weekend. This arctic high will continue to pull cold air into the region through the next couple of days, but today will be the coldest. More sunshine for Friday with highs back into the double digits. Actually, our highs tomorrow will be right about where our normal lows should be at this time of the year. It almost seems hard to believe that in late February it should be above freezing. Once we get back to that point it will feel so mild! It looks like 30s are a little ways away with cooler than normal temperatures expected into the start of March. But, by Saturday temperatures will at least be closer to normal as the wind shifts to a more southwesterly direction. We should see highs back into the low and mid 20s which will certainly feel a lot better than what we have today! These very cold final days of the month will add to the already impressive ten degree departure from average, and we will likely be ending the month as the second or third coldest February on record, at least here in Eau Claire.
It looks like we have seen all of the accumulating snow for the month already. There is a chance for some snow this weekend, but most of it looks to be Saturday night and into Sunday. So, we could technically add a little more before the calendar page turns to March, but it will not be much. We'll start out the weekend with sunshine but clouds will be increasing as the afternoon progresses. A low pressure system will be coming together and moving close to us, but the track still looks to be well to our south meaning that we will once again miss out on the heavy snowfall. We may still see a little snow overnight and into Sunday, but accumulation does not look to be significant at this point.
The first few days of March look cooler than normal, in the mid 20s, but an improvement compared to most of February. There is another potential snowfall in the forecast for Tuesday which will be watching closely it gets closer.
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