Active weather this week

Good Monday, everyone. Our frigid weather is about to take a break and will be replaced by a very active period. It’s a setup that can bring some wild temperature swings to go along with various precipitation types.

Milder air is pushing in Monday and could touch off some very light snow and flurries. Highs will go above freezing for the first time in several days:

Showers increase Tuesday and take us into Wednesday. This will be accompanied by temps on the increase, and those numbers can hit 60 by Thursday.

As the numbers climb, another brutally cold air mass is moving into the northern part of the country. Check out this contrast in temps by Thursday:

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Watch how the battle zone sets up right on top of our region by Friday:

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That’s pretty incredible and will lead to some nasty weather from the lower Plains into the Ohio Valley. For us, you can see the line we are walking in terms of winter weather. It is my experience that arctic air tends to expand a littler farther south than models show from this far out. We will see how that works out in the coming days.

One thing is for sure, that type of temperature gradient is loaded with precipitation. Check out the straight up precipitation totals through next weekend on the models:

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Everything from flooding rain to snow and ice, to a combo of the three are possible late this week and next weekend.

Have a great Monday and take care.

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