The sky Friday afternoon over North Hill Park in downtown Burlington / Photo by Landon Mitchell, KGRS-FM
A mix of sun and clouds along with chilly temperatures for the weekend
We’ll begin the weekend Friday evening with mostly cloudy and cold weather. Lows Friday night will be in the single digits, although north winds of 15 to 25 miles per hour will make it feel like 10 below 0.
Saturday, we’re apt to keep some cloudiness around, especially during the morning. The sun should make more of an appearance by later in the day. Early morning wind chill values will struggle in the single digits below 0 before winds die back and our actual temperatures reach for the mid teens in the afternoon.
Saturday night, a mostly clear sky and virtually no wind will set the stage for lows aiming at 0.
On Sunday, light south winds will hopefully push our afternoon temperatures into the lower to middle 20s. The sky will start to cloud-up as a clipper-type storm approaches us from Canada. Flurries and even a few snow showers may break out in the afternoon as the clipper nears.
Ending the weekend on a snowy note?
Accumulating snow could happen here mainly in the 6:00pm to 6:00am time frame Sunday evening into early Monday morning with the best window for snow appearing to me at the moment to be from around 10:00pm to 2:00am. This will be similar to our scenario from Friday, December 29th with the light snowfall followed by a reinforcing shot of colder air.
The entire snow path may be as wide as Rockford to Omaha (400 miles), but there will be both pockets of heavier and very minor snowfall with this one. Various places in the path may include snowfall in the dusting all the way up to the 4-or-5-inch category. At this time, we don’t seem to be a heavier-snow-favored spot. A very early look here from me would vary us around an inch and a half or 2 inches.
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Behind the Sunday night clipper, chilly yet fair weather high pressure will bring blustery conditions with gusty, 30-mile-per-hour northwest winds on Monday. Those winds would certainly blow around any of the powdery snow we get from Sunday night. Monday looks like a partly sunny yet yucky weather day with the combined winds and temperatures actually falling throughout the day from the teens in the early morning through the single digits.
The wind chill Monday will make it feel like 20 below 0. It’s a good thing school already isn’t in session for the holiday. Tuesday morning, by the way, winds back off but the cold itself settles in even more with temperatures below 0 and a wind chill reading around 25 below 0. That’s closing in on school-delay territory Tuesday morning. This is where to find us for delays/postponements/cancellations.