Like a fighter trying to get up off the mat, cold punches are going to keep knocking us down. While there’s no long-term deep freeze in the extended forecast, we’ll keep getting these short jabs of cold. It’s interesting because they have had record heat over the central U.S. lately. Today we started with cold temps. Lows were in the teens and 20s through much of the region. We did have a lot of sunshine this morning though. An area of high pressure was moving from Hampton Roads to offshore. Clouds were chasing behind it from the west.
Winds will turn out of the south today at about 5-10mph. So high temperatures will get a chance to rise up to the low/mid 40s. Notice there is a cold front over the Mississippi River Valley. This will move quickly east. We’ll see a few spotty showers ahead of it tonight with lows in the upper 30s. By 5-8am tomorrow morning the front will be moving through the region. Temps will start out in the upper 30s. Early on they’ll rise to the low 40s. Then the winds will pickup out of the northwest. We’ll clear out, but temps will drop through the afternoon to the 30s. Winds will drive northwest to southeast at about 10-20mph with a few gusts to 30mph near the shore. So even during the day wind chills will be in the teens and 20s. By Saturday morning lows will be in the teens and 20s again. Then we’ll only see highs in the mid 30s during Saturday afternoon. At least we’ll see sunshine. By Sunday we’ll warm things up a bit again. Highs will be in the low/mid 40s. However, moisture will return to the region. We’ll see scattered rain showers later in the day. Yes this will be around during the evening. So that will impact travel to any of your Super Bowl parties.
Rain will continue into Monday. The models have trended a little colder for Monday. At least the GFS model did. So while most of the precipitation should fall as rain, we may see this turn into a wintry mix by later in the day. Highs are expected to be in the 40s, but cold air will surge southward late. The timing for this is key. Still too early to pinpoint, but that’s what I’m seeing for now. We’ll have a big update tomorrow as the models should start to come to more of an agreement.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler