It has been a mild weekend with some melting and compacting of the snow. Temperatures both days reached well into the 30's. This will all be changing though as much colder air returns to the Upper Midwest in the next several hours. A large clipper system will be sliding down from Canada tonight and tomorrow, bringing stronger winds and some light snow to the region.
Tonight will be mostly cloudy with increasing northwest winds, sustained between 15-25 mph. Scattered, numerous snow showers are also likely. By morning, temperatures will be down in the upper teens.
Monday will be a blustery and cold February day, as low pressure slides through and slowly to our east. Colder air will be filtering in all day, not allowing the mercury to rise, and in fact, should slowly drop by later in the day. Highs will only be around 20, but chill values will be in the lower single digits. Northwest winds will remain blustery, a good 15-25 mph. Scattered snow showers will continue right into the evening. Overall snowfall amounts in most places won't be much in the next 24-36 hours, around an inch or so, but a better chance to see an inch or two just up to the north. Highest amounts will be in the vicinity of the Great Lakes where several inches can be expected.
Winds will gradually die down on Tuesday, though still breezy, it will be the cold we talk about most this week. Clouds will be mixing with sunshine, but highs will only be around 10 degrees .. more than 15 degrees below average. In addition to the colder days, will come colder nights, and we are looking at a string of overnights dipping below zero this week.
High pressure will be sliding down from Canada much of the week, keeping our weather quiet. I expect plenty of sunshine Wednesday through Friday. Highs look to be in the teens during this three day stretch. This means the weather will be dry for the Silver Mine ski invitational Friday into this weekend. The one thing we will have to watch are those winds that may start to come up again by Friday.
As far as the weekend goes, it looks to start off sunny on Saturday, with highs in the teens, then temperatures begin to finally rise on Sunday out ahead of the next weather system from the northwest. This may also produce our next chance at some light snow.
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