Hold onto your hats, folks…it’s a gusty one! A strong northwest wind rolling in behind a cold front is our biggest weather issue for Thursday. Gusts of 30 to even 50 mph with sustained winds of 15-25 mph may lead to downed trees or limbs and a few power outages. Winds weaken a tad, but still gust to 25 mph throughout Friday, leaving us with near zero, or even subzero, wind chills heading into the weekend. Brrr! After the mild weather we’ve had since our mid February snow, that kind of cold will feel like a slap in the face.
For the Thursday morning ride into work, there will be scattered snow showers – or even a snow squall or two. Any accumulation is very light, a dusting valleys to 1-3″ mountains, but combined with that wind, visibility may vary along your route.
Temperatures will hold steady mainly in the 30s, or slowly drop, Thursday morning. By Thursday evening, those temperatures plummet, reaching the teens and single digits overnight into Friday morning. Although the strongest wind gusts will have subsided, sustained winds will still crank at about 15 mph. That leaves us with wind chills tomorrow morning near or just below zero.
Friday is largely weather issue free, with mostly to partly sunny skies and a cool high in the upper 20s. Winds do pick up again Friday night, with wind chill values to 15 and even 25 degrees below zero by Saturday morning. We stay pretty chilly right through the weekend. Daytime highs on Saturday reach the teens, and upper 20s to near 30 by Sunday.
The roller coaster ride continues, however, with a warm up to the 40s and 50s early next week; plus the return of rain/snow showers.
Have a great day! Stay warm!
-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist