Winter is far from over and that will definitely be felt as you step outside this morning. Usually temperatures are around 8° on these February mornings with highs reaching into the upper 20s. Today we are waking up to subzero lows across much of the area. Thank goodness our winds are light making for little to no wind chill. Even without it, it still feels very cold outside so the winter gear will be a necessity again today.
High pressure is controlling our weather pattern, keeping the sky clear and temperatures on the cold side thanks to the overall northwest and westerly flow. There is a bit of improvement ahead for today, but it will remain unseasonably cold through the weekend. Another mostly sunny day ahead with winds on the lighter side from the west and southwest through afternoon. Highs will get back into the mid teens, which is better than yesterday, but still about ten to fifteen degrees below normal. Clouds will increase this evening and overnight, with a cold front moving in from the north. A flurry is possible with this system, but it will also keep temperatures above zero. The front will then slide to our south, as another, even larger high pressure system moves in from Canada. The result will be the coldest air of this latest blast, going into the start of the weekend.
Tomorrow will be mostly sunny but temperatures will have a tough time climbing much, with cold air moving in from the north all day. We'll start out in the single digits and won't see highs much warmer. Maximum temperatures will be in the upper single digits, but with stronger breezes, it will feel colder. The Silver Mine Invitational begins Friday evening, and the big question mark will be how strong will the winds end up being. The warming tents and fires will certainly come in handy for the event, as it will be cold and clear. Right now it is looking like a blustery evening as well with winds up to 15 mph.
The worst of the cold will be with us through Saturday, as the center of high pressure begins to slide to our east. It will be a bright and sunny start to the weekend, but a frigid day, with highs only in the middle single digits. At least winds will be light. Those winds will then start to shift more to the west and southwest, allowing for a gradual temperature rise into Valentine's Day. As temperatures rise, the next weather system will be coming into the area. Right now this doesn't look to bring a major impact, but some light snow should arrive by Sunday morning and could fall at times through the day. Accumulations look minimal, perhaps an inch or two at most, while we top out in the upper teens.
Temperatures continue to rise early next week, and we have a chance to reach back to the freezing mark by Tuesday. There will also be a few other systems that may impact the area during the week, but confidence remains low at this time, and with milder temperatures, there may be some rain chances as well.
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