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Slick Roads Possible Monday; We Thaw Out Tuesday

Published: 1.6.18 11:42am

Good Morning Folks! The cold wave is coming to an end and its somewhat historic with the longevity of the below normal temps ranking near the top for many locations. The depth of the cold was not record breaking, however numerous locations dipped below zero and hung out just above for several nights, making this cold wave one to remember. Luckily, we will begin to thaw out starting Sunday, warming all the way to the mid 50’s by the end of the work week. There is a chance for dicey weather Sunday night into Monday as moisture moves into the region, producing freezing or rain for several hours that may result in another icy commute. We want to stress that even though snow is not forecasted and that rain will eventually win out, even rain on top of cold roads will make for slick driving for several hours so please use caution when heading out the door Monday. The rest of the week features passing clouds and rising temps, culminating with a rain event late Thursday into Friday. We’ll do a write up on this cold wave early next week, taking most of the weekend to compile information from across the region. 

Today will be sunny followed by clear skies tonight, allowing temps to once again dip into the single digits. This afternoon temps will only rise to the low 20’s – low 30’s but tonight it seems the valleys will be the coldest spot due to radiational cooling as winds calm down. Winds this afternoon along the ridgelines and higher elevations above 4000’ will experience sub zero wind chills. With temps dipping this low once again and most of the region remaining below freezing, remember to keep dripping the faucets and check in on those who struggle during cold waves. 

Sunday brings us late day clouds, temps rising to the low – upper 30’s depending upon elevation and then dipping into the mid – upper 20’s Sunday night. Clouds develop overnight and cap temps somewhat but not in time before they fall below freezing, allowing any precip that falls early Monday to freeze to the roadways. The models show that freezing rain and sleet is possible Monday morning and with roadways colder than normal, it wont take much to create a hazardous situation. Rain will become the dominant precip type by midday and then all rain by the early afternoon hours (if not sooner), so this potential wintry mess should only be a handful of hours. Temps Monday rise to the upper 30’s – low 40’s and then settle into the mid 30’s Monday night under mostly cloudy skies. 

Tuesday and Wednesday allow clouds to pass overhead while temps rise to the upper 40’s – low 50’s by Wednesday; overnight lows settle into the mid – upper 30’s. Thursday introduces rain to the region and showers move in Friday, as temps continue to climb into the low – mid 50’s across the area. 

Overall, the cold is finally ending and we’ll deal with one more wintry threat early Monday morning, followed by warming temps the rest of the week. ENJOY! 


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