StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 36° / Low 32°... Patchy fog this morning, otherwise mostly cloudy today. Cloudy tonight with chance of light wintry mix.
Updated Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 7:35 AM...
As expected, clouds remained stubborn yesterday and we stayed cloudy last night as well. This kept temps from falling much with morning lows in the 20s.
Areas of low clouds and fog will be common this morning and visibility could be reduced to a mile or less in parts of SE Minnesota & NE Iowa. The moisture could also deposit a thin icy glaze on some surfaces as temps are below freezing, so watch out for some isolated slippery spots. Use headlights so others can see you in the fog.
Otherwise plenty of clouds will continue to stream across the region from the west/northwest today. Temps will remain above average though with highs in the mid 30s. With some luck, there could be a few breaks in the clouds in some areas this afternoon.
A disturbance then moves in from the west tonight with a chance for a light wintry mix of drizzle or freezing drizzle and perhaps even some light snow north & east. There could be some minor icing in any areas that see freezing drizzle, so watch out for some slippery spots on roads tonight and for the Thursday morning commute. Lows tonight will be in the upper 20s to low 30s.
The light wintry mix will shift east early Thursday morning. Otherwise expect mostly to partly cloudy conditions with breezy NW winds 10-20 and gusts to 30 mph. We will most likely see high temps in the low-mid 30s in the morning... then temps will fall into the upper 20s later in the afternoon.
Looking Ahead... High pressure promises a dry, but colder Friday with highs in the mid 20s under partly sunny skies. Clouds will gradually increase Saturday as a system moves in from the southwest. Temps will warm a bit ahead of the system with highs in the low 30s.
A chance of snow arrives by Saturday night and into Sunday. It's too early to say for sure, but there could be some light snow accumulations in the area... so stay tuned. Much colder air will be pulled south into the region Sunday with highs around 20º.
Even colder air will impact the region to start next week with highs only in the teens Monday and Tuesday. Overnight lows will plummet into the single digits and perhaps even below zero in some areas, especially Monday night into Tuesday morning.
A weak disturbance could bring some very light snow or flurries around Wednesday of next week with highs in the 20-25º range. Another shot of cold air follows with highs Thursday back in the teens.
Have a wonderful Wednesday! -Bill Graul