StormTeam 8 Forecast:  High 18° / Low -6°... Bitterly cold tonight and another chilly day Thursday. Much warmer starting Friday!

Updated Wednesday, March 4, 2015 at 5:30 PM... 

We traded clouds, wintry precipitation and temperatures in the 30s for sunshine and highs in the teens. High pressure built into the Upper Midwest last night and winds shifted out of the NW... and those NW winds have been quite breezy today. Highs topped out in the mid to upper teens... about 20 degrees colder than average. 

Skies will be clear tonight and temperatures will quickly drop. Expect lows in the single digits below zero, but even though winds will calm a bit, wind chills will be in the -15°F to -25°F. 

More sunshine and one more chilly day is on tap Thursday. Highs will be similar to today in the mid to upper teens, and not as breezy. 

Looking Ahead... A warm front will pass by to our north late Thursday night and Friday. Winds will shift out of the S/SW... and temperatures will be on the rise. 

Highs will be in the mid 30s Friday, but we'll see a few more clouds. 

A couple weak disturbances will pass through our area this weekend. There will be a slight chance of rain/snow showers on both Saturday and Sunday, but temperatures will be seasonable in the mid to upper 30s. 

Quiet conditions will continue into the early and middle parts of next week... and we have spring-like temperatures on the way! Highs will be in the low 40s Monday, mid to upper 40s Tuesday.... near 50 degrees by Wednesday! 

Have a great night and stay warm! -Michelle Poedel