Dry and Mild for Tuesday, Arctic Blast on the Way Late Week

Temps warming for Tuesday but a major blast of cold air arrives early Wednesday into Thursday morning
Published: Jan. 17, 2022 at 4:14 PM CST
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Arctic airmass arrives with the coldest temperatures of the season early Thursday morning
Arctic airmass arrives with the coldest temperatures of the season early Thursday morning(WGEM)

Temperatures will be seasonable under mostly cloudy skies overnight and Tuesday looks to be a nice respite with partly to mostly sunny skies and seasonably warm temperatures in the low to mid-40s. However, temperatures will drop on Wednesday after an arctic cold passes through the area in the early morning hours. Following a so-called ‘midnight high’ in the low to mid-30s early Wednesday morning temperatures will then fall into the teens by late afternoon or early evening. In the wake of the arrival of an arctic high-pressure system that settles into the region WED evening through Friday, the coldest air temperatures of the season look to stay with us Wednesday night through early Friday morning with overnight lows below zero for most on WED and THUR nights and daytime highs struggling to get out of the lower teens on Thursday. This will also be accompanied by the usual dangerously cold wind chill values at or below -15F for much of the region, especially early Thursday and perhaps even Friday mornings. One silver lining is that at this juncture it looks like a dry forecast through the end of the week, so snow formidable snowfall is poised to accompany these seasonably cold temperatures. Of note is that the coldest climatological point in the normal winter season arrives around the third week of January, so while this will be the coldest air of the season thus far it is not anomalous and it is on par with historical recordkeeping for local climatology.

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