StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 11°/ Low -5°... Clear and bitterly cold tonight with wind chills between -10° and -20°. Cold sunshine tomorrow.
Last updated Wednesday, February 10, 2016 at 4:42 PM...
A strong ridge of arctic high pressure and northwest flow aloft will cause unseasonably cold temperatures for the next several days. In fact, temps likely won't climb back to average (Highs around 30º) until early next week.
As for tonight, it will be clear with northwest winds around 5 mph. Look for another bitterly cold night. Expect morning lows in the single digits below zero. Traditional colder spots north & east will again slip into the teens below zero. Winds will only be around 5 mph from the N/NW, but could still push wind chills into the -10º to -20º range in spots.
Look for chilly sunshine tomorrow as highs top out in the lower to middle teens.
A weak disturbance will drop across the Dakotas tomorrow night. This could produce a slight chance of very light snow across far southern and western parts of the viewing area tomorrow night. However, most of us will remain. There will be enough cloud cover to keep temperatures above zero in most spots.
Looking Ahead... It's going to remain cold with highs only in the teens right through Saturday. In fact, some spots could struggle just to reach double digits for highs on Saturday. Overnight lows will mostly be in the single digits below zero, but we could be close to -10º early Saturday morning. Traditional colder spots (like BRF, Sparta & Camp Douglas) could dip into the teens below zero... and perhaps around -20º Saturday morning.
It looks mainly dry through Saturday with a mix of sun and clouds. Clouds increase Saturday night with a chance of snow on Sunday. We'll need to keep an eye on this system as it could produce some accumulating snow across the region. It won't be as cold Sunday with highs closer to 20º.
Light snow could linger into early Monday morning with high temps warming into the upper 20s.
Look for high temperatures to climb back into the 30s Tuesday through Thursday as winds in the upper atmosphere transition from a northwest flow to more of a westerly or southwesterly direction. With the warmer air will come a chance of light snow Tuesday night into Wednesday morning.
Have a wonderful Wednesday and be sure to bundle up when heading outdoors! -Bill Graul