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New Year to Bring Brief Cold Blast

Jason Samenow @ 12:29 AM

*12:01am January 1, 2008 Forecast: Mostly cloudy and dry, with temperatures in the low to mid 40s.*

After yesterday's cold rain, enjoy some sunshine and relative warmth today before Arctic air plunges into metro area New Year's Day. The cold will persist for just a few days before much milder air makes a strong push into the region late in the week.

Today - New Year's Eve

Forecast Confidence: MediumPartly sunny and mild, near 50. Sunshine will increase during the morning hours, and it will turn into a nice afternoon as high pressure drifts over us. A steady westerly breeze will shift to southerly late, ahead of the bone-chilling Arctic front. Enjoy afternoon highs at or a touch above 50 degrees.

Overnight, clouds will increase as the front approaches. As we ring in the New Year, conditions will be dry, with temperatures between 40 and 45 degrees.

New Year's Day

Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighScattered showers and snow flurries. Temperatures falling into the 30s. The Arctic front will blow through the region in the morning. It may produce some rain showers that could mix with and change to snow, but with no accumulation. During the afternoon, skies should brighten but temperatures will slowly fall into the 30s.

Very cold and blustery overnight, with lows 22-26. Factoring in an increasing northwest wind, it will feel like the teens. A few snow showers or flurries are possible towards morning as a weak upper level disturbance swings by.

Cloud skies at the Capitol last Friday. By photographer Ian Livingston.


Forecast Confidence: Medium-HighWindy, very cold, AM flurries possible. Highs in the low 30s. Downright cold conditions will greet commuters heading back to the office. Morning skies will be mostly cloudy with the possibility of a couple flurries. More sunshine will be apparent by afternoon, but temperatures won't feel any warmer factoring in northwest winds in excess of 20mph. Wind chills should remain at or below 20 degrees all day. Bundle up for sure.

A Look Ahead

  • Thursday will remain quite cold, but not as windy. Highs should be in the mid 30s after overnight lows in the teens.
  • The warm-up begins Friday, with highs 40-45.
  • Above average temperatures return in time for the weekend, with highs near 50 Saturday and 55 on Sunday.

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