A cold and blustery St. Patrick’s Day with more of the same into the start of this weekend

Published: Mar. 16, 2023 at 6:14 PM CDT|Updated: Mar. 17, 2023 at 11:00 AM CDT
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A large upper low has settled in to the Upper Midwest, bringing more cloud cover and the chance for isolated flurries. Strong, gusty winds will continue from the west and northwest as our pressure gradients remains tight between low pressure to the northeast and a high dropping into the Great Plains. Unfortunately, we won’t have much “luck” with respect to temperatures for St. Patrick’s Day as afternoon highs only rise into the low 20s with wind chill values making it feel like we’re in the single digits during the day. Later tonight, blustery winds continue as temperatures dip to the low teens by tomorrow morning, making wind chills feel like they are well below zero, so be sure to bundle up if you have any late night St. Patrick’s Day plans!

Low pressure exits with clouds and a few lingering flurries Friday
Low pressure exits with clouds and a few lingering flurries Friday(WEAU)

Colder air sticks around as we start off the weekend with the upper low still in our vicinity to the east, while blustery winds persist from the northwest. Mostly cloudy skies are expected with a stray flurry or two possible, before skies clear out at night with abundant sunshine in store Sunday as high pressure moves south of Wisconsin. We will start to get on the backside of the high as it slides farther east during the day, resulting in breezy winds turning to the west-southwest with temperatures warming closer to normal in the mid-30s. On Monday, we’ll be welcoming astronomical Spring with a mix of sun and clouds as a front looks to park itself to the north. For now, things appear to be dry with temperatures hovering right around average in the low 40s. Clouds will thicken up Tuesday as the cold front sags a little further south with a weak low overhead. By mid-week, a large upper trough will carve out across the Western United States with our next weather system developing to the southwest. A few showers will be possible as moisture begins to increase with more rain chances into Thursday as temperatures stay near and slightly above average.