It is here! Temps are falling quickly this evening as the coldest air of the season and in years are coming overnight and through the day Wednesday. The coldest readings will occur on early Thursday morning before we start a very quick turnaround with 50s in the forecast!!!!
A wind chill warning remains in effect until Thursday afternoon, for about 40+ hours or so for most of our area.
Overnight tonight the temps will fall to around 10 at midnight, meaning our record cold high temp for January 30th should be in check at =5 in 1966. The record low for the date is -5 on the same year.
Now temps will continue to fall a few degrees more below zero to their Wednesday morning coldest by mid to late morning on Wednesday.
This will combine for our coldest wind chills with spots to the north running at -35 or lower in spots!
Later in the day, we are going to see our temps pushing closer to 0, with winds relaxing back to about 10 to 15 miles per hour late in the day.
This will allow temps to push up a bit in the afternoon, but by the evening as temps fall back into the sub-zero range, we will see our wind chills plunging again. Thursday morning should be equally cold feeling, although it will be more because of the frigid temps, and not as much wind.
Combined though these two will make for dangerously cold temps again.
The incredible news, is that once this cold leaves, we could see an inch or two of snow late Thursday and into Friday morning, and then it will feel like Spring by the end of the weekend.
In fact, in the 7 day forecast, there is more than a 60 degree temp change, and when you factor in the wind, it could feel almost 75-80 degrees warmer from Wednesday morning to Sunday morning!!!
Record temps the next few days:
- Tuesday: low -13 (1963), coldest high temp 6 (1977)
- Wednesday: low -5 (1966), coldest high temp 5 (1966)
- Thursday: low -4 (2004), coldest high temp 8 (1899)
The Thursday morning low should be shattered, but the rest of the records appear safe, again because Wednesday at 12:01am we should still be in the upper single digits.
Remember to bundle up in layers, hats, gloves, scarves, ANYTHING to protect exposed skin. It can take just a few minutes mid-week for frostbite to occur on exposed skin.
If you ever have questions about climate, cold temps, records, or any other weather, email me, email@example.com