Thursday, February 4, 2016

Colder and Quiet Pattern Ahead; Minimal Snow Chances

As we get closer to the weekend, temperatures continue to slowly warm each day. Getting into the weekend, temperatures will rise into the mid and upper 30's, with the 40's not out of the realm of possibilities. We won't see as much sun as we would like over the weekend, and there is a small chance for light rain for Super Bowl Sunday. Overall, the pattern will turn cloudy and cold into next week.

A few things setting up will re-enforce cold air throughout next week. An amplified ridge will set up along the west, while in turn a very deep trough will settle south through the Midwest and into the deep south. With the ridge and warmer pattern reaching all the way north into Canada, the trough will dislodge cold arctic air that will drop temperatures in the Stateline.

Following the dip in the jet stream, a smaller low pressure system will swing southward and continue to funnel in the colder air. Along with the cold, it will bring in a little extra moisture to the region. With lift being added from the low pressure systems, and the added moisture, there are light snow chances in the forecast.

The first round of light rain will arrive on Sunday with temperatures close to 40°, a wave of energy will swing southward and allow for light rain late Sunday afternoon and possibly a light winter mix into the evening. Another low will move south from Canada Monday into Tuesday, tracking through Minnesota, into Wisconsin, and then stalling near Michigan. With the low stalled in Michigan through the end of the week, light snow will be around through Tuesday, and the much colder conditions through the end of the week.

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