StormTeam 8 Forecast: High 38°/ Low 31°... Clouds hang tough Friday into Saturday. Light snow with minor accumulations Saturday night into Sunday morning.
Last updated Friday, December 2, 2016 at 6:15 PM...
High pressure will build across the region Friday night into Saturday. Normally, we associate high pressure with clear skies, however, we will see little sunshine underneath this ridge. The reason for this is a layer of moisture that is trapped beneath the ridge. Normally during the warmer months of the year the higher sun angle can help mix out this moisture leading to sunshine. During the colder months of the year, the angle of the sun is too low to cause that low level moisture to mix out. The result, is a uniform layer of gray clouds. Those clouds will help keep temperatures from moving much Friday night. Most locations will see overnight lows in the upper 20s to lower 30s.
With clouds in play for Saturday, look for seasonal highs in the lower to middle 30s.
Looking Ahead... A disturbance moves in from the west Saturday night. It will intersect moisture moving in from the south and west. This will set the stage for light snow to develop late Saturday night and continue into Sunday morning. There may be just enough moisture to squeeze out minor accumulations of a trace to as many as two inches in spots,especially east of the Mississippi River. This could lead to some slick spots on area roads Sunday morning. The snow should mix with or even change to rain as highs warm into the middle and upper 30s.
Expect more clouds than sun on Monday, but it will be dry and warmer with highs in the low to middle 40s.
Another system will bring a chance of snow or rain/snow mix on Tuesday. High temps Tuesday will be in the mid-upper 30s.
The forecast for next Tuesday night into Wednesday appear to have latched onto similar solutions. These solutions show decreasing potential for accumulating snow during this time period, although there could be some light snow or flurries at this time.
What does look fairly certain is that it will be much colder late next week. In fact, high temps next Thursday through Saturday could fall into the low-mid 20s, with overnight lows in the teens! That would certainly be a bit of a shock to our systems! It also looks rather breezy Wednesday and Thursday... making for some rather blustery conditions.
As of now, next Friday looks dry... with another chance for some snow on Saturday.
Have a great weekend! -Cory Malles