•Wind Chill Watches in effect for parts of the region.
•Spotty, freezing rain will slowly change to all rain across the majority of the region overnight, slick travel will continue
•Areas of dense fog overnight into tomorrow morning will reduce visibility
•Monday’s high temps will occur in the morning, temperatures crash during the afternoon with a chance of snow squall as the arctic front crashes through the region. Dusting of snow possible in the valley with an inch or tow possible in the higher elevations
•Winds begin to increase Monday evening and turn gusty overnight into Tuesday
•Gusty winds a temps in the single digits on Monday Night through Tuesday Night will result in dangerous wind-chills 20-30 below zero
•Chance of light snow Thur/Fri, only a minimal event looks likely
•Warmer temperatures take control starting Friday into next week.
Once we get through tonights icy weather and tomorrows mild morning temps, we will get a brutal reminder that the arctic air didn’t go far. Tomorrow’s high temps will likely occur in the morning, with temps in the upper 30’s to low 40’s across the region. The later afternoon and overnight will have a stark contrast with temps dropping 30-40 degrees over the course of just 12 hours. Winds will also be increasing out of the West throughout the overnight into Tuesday. This will lead, once again, to dangerous wind chills across the entire region of 20-30 below zero. The cold spell we’re seeing will be brief with temps moderating by Friday.
Below is an image from the North American Mesoscale Forecast Model (NAM) showing temperatures for Monday morning.
In the next image, one can clearly see the arctic front approaching from our West marked by dropping temperatures:
By the time the front has passed through our region, temps by Tuesday night will range from just below zero to single digits:
In the final image is the NAM forecast for potential winds on tuesday. These winds, combined with high temperatures in the single digits on tuesday, will drive wind chills as low as 30 degrees below zero. In these temperatures, frostbite can occur on exposed skin in minutes. As aforementioned, this cold snap does not have the staying power of its predecessor, and temps will moderate into the upper 30’s and lower 40’s by as early as the weekend.