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Bitterly cold Arctic air is here!

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Good Tuesday morning! We're dealing with some much quieter, but brutally cold weather today as Arctic high pressure settles into the region. Expect sunny skies throughout the day with high temperatures only a few degrees above zero and a nagging west breeze that will keep wind chill indices in the teens below for most of the day.

A weak storm system will graze the area to the southwest late tonight, possibly bringing a very light coating of snow for our southwestern counties around Mason City and points west. Less than half an inch of accumulation is expected in those spots while the rest of the area will have partly cloudy skies and overnight temperatures in the -5 to -10 range.

A reinforcing round of high pressure will bring more of that Arctic chill for Wednesday, but with a lighter breeze and even more sunshine. High temperatures tomorrow afternoon will again be in the single digits, but temperatures in the evening will actually hold steady or begin to rise as warmer air begins to move in, so the actual high temperatures tomorrow could occur just before midnight.

A storm system Thursday will bring light snow to the morning commute and midday hours while it also pulls in warmer air on brisk southeast winds. Look for an inch or two of accumulation Thursday with high temperatures in the mid-20s.

We may see a little sunshine early Friday, but clouds will thicken quickly as another storm system moves in from the northwest to bring snow or even a little rain for the evening hours. High temperatures Friday will be in the lower 30s with a light south breeze. That snow will continue through the night with a few inches of accumulation possible before it winds down Saturday morning as that storm system pulls away to the east.

We'll have high temperatures in the lower 20s Saturday with gusty winds and then a little more sunshine returns for Sunday, but temperatures look colder with highs in the teens now expected.

Ted Schmidt

Morning and Noon Meteorologist

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