Forecast: Cold is here, weekend snow threatens
Snow could be glancing blow or big hit
FORECAST IN DETAIL
The next two days are easy: cold and dry. Sunny today; becoming mostly cloudy tomorrow. Highs again struggling to reach above 40, with lows in the 20s. Then things get interesting -- very interesting. An area of low pressure we've been watching for several days is poised to develop over the Gulf of Mexico and then push northward. Ingredients: (1) low pressure; (2) plenty of cold air over our region. Likely outcome? Snow for the region late Friday night and Saturday, possibly lasting into early Sunday.
Today: Pretty much a repeat of yesterday. That means mostly sunny skies, an occasional breeze of around 10 mph, and continued cold afternoon highs struggling for the 40-degree mark. Confidence: High
Tonight: It will be partly cloudy tonight with overnight lows ranging from the low 20s in the coldest spots to the upper 20s downtown. Confidence: High
Keep reading for the potentially snowy weekend forecast...
Tomorrow (Friday): We'll likely start out with mostly sunny skies early in the day on Friday, but I expect that skies will become partly to mostly cloudy by afternoon as the aforementioned storm system to our south begins to send moisture our way. Afternoon highs again will be in the upper 30s to near 40. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: It will be cloudy, but dry through around midnight, with temperatures dropping through the 30s. There is a 50% chance of snow after midnight. Overnight lows will eventually drop to the upper 20s across most of the area. Confidence: Medium
Snow lovers and snow haters, alike, pray for your respective preferred outcome. Praying aside, it's looking more and more likely to me that (possibly significant) accumulating snow is a decent (60%) bet on Saturday as a coastal area of low pressure spins off the eastern seaboard. (See the Snow Lover's Crystal Ball for details.) Highs -- depending on precipitation's presence and/or intensity -- will likely range from the upper 20s to mid-30s. Snow may continue overnight, with lows in the 20s. Confidence: Medium
Depending on exactly how our storm system develops, there may be some lingering snow showers or flurries Sunday morning, but this is far from a sure bet. It may just be mostly cloudy and breezy. Either way, expect highs in the low-to-mid 30s. Clearing skies and breezy conditions are probable Sunday night, with lows in the low-to-mid 20s (probably colder than this if there is snow cover). Confidence: Low-Medium
The outlook for Monday is for partly to mostly sunny skies, possibly breezy conditions, and continued cold readings. Highs likely won't make it out of the 30s, with overnight lows again in the 20s (probably teens if there is snow cover). Confidence: Medium
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