Frigid start to weekend, gradual moderation brings wintry mix Sunday night

Weather

High pressure building in from the west brought us some welcome sunshine, despite frigid temperatures. A few clouds developed in the cold northwesterly flow, but drier air allowed skies to clear, ending a stretch endless gray winter days and intermittent snow. Under clear skies, expect readings to plummet into the single digits early Sunday.

The high will slide east, favoring a moderating trend in Sunday afternoon. Southwest winds will raise temperatures above freezing for the first time in more than two weeks, but also bring some moisture, initially in the form of increasing clouds.

A mix of rain and snow (northeast) will develop late Sunday night and end as drizzle Monday morning, with temperatures briefly rising to near 40 degrees by daybreak.

After a gray, cold Monday, skies will brighten Tuesday with a passing warm front and southwesterly flow of mild Pacific air, raising temperatures into the low 40s Tuesday and Wednesday, with milder nights in the 30s. A cold front will cross the state Wednesday night with little precipitation, then a cooldown later in the week, with highs falling back into the mid-30s Thursday and Friday.

Forecast

Tonight: Mostly clear, frigid. Low near 10
Sunday: Clouds increase, not as cold. High 36
Monday: Light rain a.m., cloudy, colder p.m. High 40 (34)
Tuesday: Partly sunny, milder. High 42 (30)
Wednesday: Partly sunny. High 46 (31)
Thursday: Mix clouds and sun, breezy, chilly. High 37 (30)
Friday: Mostly sunny. High 36 (23)
Saturday: Increasing clouds, late snow. High 34 (24)

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