Strong high pressure from Canada continues to settle into the region today, bringing bright, but bitterly cold weather to our area for our Thursday. Look for plenty of sunshine through the day with afternoon high temperatures just a couple of degrees warmer than the single digits highs we dealt with on Wednesday. Look for teens this afternoon, but with very light winds. Temperatures will ease back to the single digits this evening, but as warmer air starts to build in from the southwest temperatures will actually begin to climb. Readings will be in the double digits above zero by early Friday morning while skies remain clear on the backside of the high pressure.
Gusty southwest winds will develop in the mid-morning hours Friday and will continue to gust to 30 miles per hour through the afternoon, working to help warm temperatures from the deep freeze to more seasonal levels. Under sunny skies, we'll enjoy afternoon high temperatures in the low to mid-30s, although it will feel like the 20s because of those cold winds.
That warmer air mass will hang around for the weekend with plenty of sunshine and much lighter winds, so overall a vastly improved weather picture from what we're dealing with today or even the windy weather we'll experience Friday.
A storm system will bring clouds and some light snow late Sunday night and for Monday with minor accumulation possible. Additional chances for light snow will follow that system for Tuesday and early next Wednesday with still minor accumulation expected at this point. Meanwhile, temperatures will cool from the 30s to the 20s for most of the upcoming week.