Windy & Warmer Day……….Outlook Now-Next SaturdayJanuary 18th, 2013 at 3:51 pm by Chad Evans under Chad's WLFI Weather Blog
Winds have gusted as high as 37 mph today. The highest gusts have been in Benton & Newton counties.
It is a warmer day with temperatures as high as 41 degrees as of 3:45 p.m.
Winds will lower some tonight, but we will still have gusts as high as 24 mph overnight. The southwesterly winds will keep the temperature up overnight with lows only at 30-34, despite mostly clear skies.
Clouds will be on the increase tomorrow with highs in the lower to middle 40s (few upper 40s in far southwest) as southwest winds gust 31-37 mph.
After becoming mostly cloudy tomorrow night, a few flurries or a couple light snow showers will be possible as Arctic cold front passes.
Sunday looks dry until later in the day when a clipper brings a wave of some scattered snow showers & flurries to the area. That clipper is the one that looked to pass Monday, but continues to accelerate in speed per model solutions. 1″ of less of accumulation is possible from that clipper. Winds will be gusty to 32 mph, dropping winds to 8 degrees at times.
Monday now looks largely dry. I say largely because there may be a few lake effect snow showers in our northeastern counties of northeast Pulaski, Fulton & northern Miami. However, Tuesday may bring a wave of scattered snow showers to the viewing area. 1″ or less of dry, powdery accumulation looks possible.
This will be accompanid by the Arctic blast. It would be much colder than the highs of 10-16 & lows of -2 to 4, if there was a good snowpack here & northwest of us.
Warm air will begin to override the cold, dense air near the ground, resulting in light freezing rain & sleet Thursday p.m.-evening, before changing to pure rainfall Thursday night. It now appears the entire viewing area will go to pure rainfall Thursday night as temperatures of 36-41 overspread the area.
The rain will end by early, early Friday morning, followed by dry weather for part of Friday, before shortwave arrives later in the day with scattered snow showers. Temperatures will likely fall all day Friday after a high of 38 in the morning. Overnight lows Friday night will drop to near 18. By next Saturday, any snow showers will have exited. So, skies will be partly cloudy with a high near 25.