RIGHT NOW: It really hasn't been that bad of a day on this Monday, as temperatures made it back into the 50s in most spots. Check out the 6 PM ET observations:
The winds are quite gusty, however, and it's the wind that will help to make things feel a lot colder tonight as some colder air blows in from the north and west of us. We are also watching some moisture out there, leading to some showers for some today and some snow showers in the colder air:
Tonight, we'll see the winds out of the west around 10-20 mph with temperatures dropping through the 40s this evening, down into the 30s by Tuesday morning. The wind chill values will be in the 20s in most spots by the early morning hours. Some snow flurries would also be possible as the temperatures get colder, so make sure the kids (and you!) are bundled up before heading out tomorrow morning!
COLD AIR COMING: Going through our Tuesday, highs will struggle to make it to the 40 degree mark in many communities with a gusty west wind at 10 to 20 mph. This will keep wind chills in the 30s all day, along with a partly sunny sky and the possibility of some snow flurries:
We will see the coldest night this week going into Wednesday morning. Lows will be in the low to mid 20s, and any wind will push wind chill values down into the teens. Although Wednesday will feature a mostly sunny sky, highs will stay in the 40s through the day.
BRIEF WARM-UP: We will see highs back in the 50s on Thursday and Friday, but recent model runs of the GFS have indicated a possible increase in clouds and perhaps a few showers in the Thursday-Friday time-frame. We'll watch for future runs to see if this still shows up, so we'll mention a possibility of showers for now on Friday. Even with highs in the 50s both days, we will still be below average for early to mid February.
COLD WEEKEND: Another blast of cold air will settle in by the time we head into Saturday and Sunday. Both days will feature highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s with breezy conditions and some cold overnight lows. The good news is, despite the cold, the sun will be with us both days with no risk of any snow flurries with this one.
NEXT WEEK WARM UP: We will see highs back in the mid 50s on Monday with a chance of showers returning to the forecast. The skies will clear out going into Tuesday and Wednesday as we see increasing temperatures - upper 50s and low 60s on Tuesday with low to mid 60s by next Wednesday.
WEATHER RADIO WEDNESDAY: I hope you can join us for our first weather radio programming event of the year! We will be out at the Walgreens on Veterans and Williams Road from 10 AM to 2 PM on Wednesday programming weather radios. You can pick up one at the store, or bring yours from home, and we'll make sure it is set up and ready to go. Don't forget the 3 AA batteries to program it!
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Chief Meteorologist Derek Kinkade, WTVM / WXTX