One more winter system before it turns milder

Good Thursday to one and all. Bitterly cold air finally starts to ease today, with milder air moving in over the weekend. Between the two comes another winter weather maker later tonight and into Friday.

A little bit of light snow falls early this morning in the south and that may cause additional slick spots to develop.

While today isn’t as cold as Wednesday, a messy system moves in tonight into Friday. This is likely to mean a third straight day of school closings in many areas. As I mentioned earlier, the models are going to struggle with low-level arctic cold. That leads to colder air hanging tougher, leading to a better snow and freezing rain risk.

The models are slowly picking up on more and more of an initial snow threat:

GFS

New GFS

Slick travel conditions are increasingly likely, especially early on Friday.

From there, milder air surges in here for the weekend and early next week. Temps will make a run at 60 during this time, but a few showers and thunderstorms will be noted.

This setup isn’t going to last very long. Arctic air takes control of the pattern again for the second half of next week. Can we get storm system to develop along this next surge of arctic air? Maybe. The new GFS says so:

The numbers behind that front take us back to being much, much colder than normal:

Make it a great day and take care.

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