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Quite Frigid Out There Today!
But Much Milder Air on the Way

Josh Larson @ 12:30 AM

We'll look for unusually cold temperatures today, with some locations not making it above the freezing mark! And we'll see continued frigid temperatures tonight. Relief from this cold, however, is definitely on the way with temperatures some 10 degrees warmer on Friday. And by Monday and Tuesday, temperatures may be a whopping 30 degrees warmer than today's highs.


Confidence: HighSunny & frigid, near 32. Despite abundant sunshine, temperatures today will struggle to surpass the freezing mark in many locations. A continued NW wind of 10-20mph means that wind chill values will be mired in the low to mid 20s much of the day. Clear and very cold once again tonight, with lows from the mid teens across the 'burbs to the low 20s downtown.


Confidence: HighSunny & milder, low 40s. As the core of the coldest air pushes off to our east, we'll see temperatures in the low (to perhaps mid) 40s on Friday. The day will also feature plenty of sunshine. Clear and not as cold Friday night, with lows from near 20 across the coolest suburbs to the upper 20s downtown.

The Weekend

Confidence: HighBecoming much milder, low to mid 50s. As the flow aloft returns to southwesterly (as opposed to today's northwesterly flow), expect noticeably milder temperatures this weekend. Saturday will feature plenty of sunshine with highs near 50 and overnight lows in the mid 30s. Sunday will feature considerably more in the way of clouds, with a slight chance of a couple showers during the first half of the day. Highs Sunday may near 55, with mild overnight lows in the low 40s.

A Look Ahead

  • Milder still on Monday and Tuesday with partly to mostly sunny skies and high temperatures aiming for 60 degrees (or higher?).
  • The next cold front may push through late Tuesday or Wednesday, but even behind its passage temperatures will remain above average.

Just How Warm Will it be Next Week?

Though you have the right to be skeptical, with today's wind chills stuck in the low to mid 20s, I can tell you that we're poised for a major warmup over the coming 5 days. What's the reason? Right how we have a strong northwesterly flow aloft bringing frigid, Canadian air to our region. However, by Friday and into the weekend, the flow will shift to out of the southwest as the jet stream changes. This will allow considerably milder air to infiltrate our area. Though it's a little too early to tell for sure, I think we have a good shot of hitting 60 on Monday and Tuesday, and I wouldn't be shocked if we near 65 either afternoon! A far cry, indeed, from today's highs near 32.

As the jet stream lifts north, much milder air will push into our area from the south and west; graphic courtesy Accuweather.

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