Arctic high bringing bitter cold for Wednesday; snow chance increases Friday
Most will stay dry today thanks to high pressure, but this high pressure system will also keep us cold all day! Currently we are waking up in the upper teens and 20s. Highs today will only warm into the 20s for most of us with a few low 30s are possible in the coalfields. Winds will be breezy at times with gusts around 15-20 MPH. This will allow our feels-like temperatures all day to be in the teens and low 20s. A few flurries are possible, but most will remain dry with decreasing clouds. Some sun is likely by late afternoon.
Tonight we are cold again with lows falling into the teens under mostly clear skies. A Wind Chill Advisory is issued to begin at 6 PM for northern and western Pocahontas county and continue until 8 AM Thursday. Wind chill values could drop as low as 15 below zero.
Most of us will continue to feel in the lower teens and single digits into Thursday morning. Southerly flow builds back in tomorrow bringing back seasonable high temperatures. Highs tomorrow will be in the 40s for most with a few upper 30s sprinkled in. Clouds will start to build in tomorrow afternoon out in front of our next weather maker.
A clipper system crosses through Friday and Saturday bringing back the chance for snow. Some snow could build in as early as Thursday night, but the majority of the snow will be seen on Friday and into Saturday. As the cold front pushes to the east, we continue to watch a low pressure system ride up the east coast. This will allow our wind flow to change to the northwest bringing upslope snow showers Friday night and into Saturday morning. Accumulations don’t look high for our area, but we could see a few inches. Higher snow totals are again expected for the western half of the area with lesser totals for the east.
The biggest thing for this weekend though actually won’t be the snow. Another blast of arctic air works in Saturday allowing our high temperatures to only reach into the teens. Lows into Sunday morning will be in the single digits and even at 0 degrees for some places. Next week temperatures should be warmer.
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