LATEST FORECAST DISCUSSION
Meteorologist: Monica Ott
*STILL FEELING LIKE JANUARY TODAY BUT TEMPERATURES MODERATE BY MIDWEEK*
A clearing trend will at least set the stage for a much brighter day Tuesday. It will remain unseasonably cold, but we should see sunshine and clouds with the high centered well to our south, but still influencing our weather. Highs will again only be in the lower 20's. Lows this morning dipped into the single digits with subzero wind chills make it really feel more like winter (usually this is typical for January). As we get on the back side of the high tomorrow, winds will start to shift to the south which will lead to a warm up. It will be mostly sunny and breezy as temperatures reach towards 40 through the afternoon, Wednesday.
A warm front will be lifting up through the area from the west by tomorrow night, while a developing cold front pushes through the Plains. This will help keep us a bit milder at night and give us a chance to reach average November temperatures on Thursday, before it turns colder again. The front will push through sometime during the day, with a partly to mostly sunny sky and highs in the low 40's. Little moisture will be associated with this front, but winds will shift and we will start to see some colder air return by early Friday. Another large high will then be dropping out of Canada well to our west, again putting us in line for cold air drainage from the north. Though the pattern continues to look very dry, there may be a low that quickly develops on the tail end of the front to our southwest, which some of the forecast models suggest could bring us a bit of rain and snow by Friday afternoon/evening with a little more snow overnight into early Saturday. Outside of this low chance, we look to head into this next weekend and the start of the gun deer hunt season with more dry but cold weather.
Saturday currently looks mostly sunny but it will be unseasonably cold again as the core of the coldest air returns to the Upper Midwest. We will stay in the 20's, while not much improvement is expected on Sunday, with highs around 30. A few extra clouds may be around Sunday and Monday as the slow temperature rise continues into the start of Thanksgiving week.