Wednesday Afternoon December 6th – Cold Tomorrow Before We Warm Up This Weekend

Good Wednesday afternoon, everyone. Our Wednesday has been another quiet one around here, but we’re keeping things on the cool side once again. We definitely needed the heavy jackets to start this morning out with lows in the upper 20s to near 30°. Despite a northwest breeze in place, we kept the breeze pretty light. Combine that with mostly sunny skies, we saw highs this afternoon climb into the upper 40s to near 50°. Even with some activity off to our north on the radar below late this afternoon, none of that should make it here late this afternoon and going into this evening…

Even though we keep things quiet for tonight, another cold start will be waiting for us as we roll into Thursday morning. With mostly clear skies and the northwest breeze picking up a bit tonight, we’ll see overnight lows drop back into the lower 20s…

On top of the northwest breeze picking up for Thursday, we’ll have another upper level wave passing through here. You can see that for yourself on the 500 mb map below projected by 3 PM Thursday…

There’s not enough moisture with this wave to work with. That means, we’ll stay with mostly sunny skies for Thursday while temperatures just struggle to warm up through the day. Have the heavy jackets handy for the entire day as we’ll only see highs climb to about 32°…

We stay cold going into Thursday night and Friday morning with lows dropping back into the middle to upper teens. On the plus side, we start warming up as the weekend kicks off. We’ll see Friday afternoon highs climb back into the lower 40s with middle 40s planned for your Saturday. The reason for that warm-up is quite simple. Have a look at the 500 mb map below by 6 AM Sunday…

The upper low that’s been keeping us below normal retreats to the northeast for the weekend. By Sunday, that’ll mean highs will go back into the middle 50s. Don’t get too used to the warm-up, though. Even though we’ll have the 50s sticking around on Monday, we’ll definitely start cooling down again early next week. Have a look at Tuesday’s upper level setup by 6 AM…

That cold upper level low will be back in play and drop our highs into the upper 30s for Tuesday afternoon…

The overall trend for most of the month right up to Christmas will be to keep temperatures generally below normal. For the next 7 days, the waves that pass through don’t look to have enough moisture to work with. That means we’ll keep things dry for the next several days. Don’t forget that Doug has your long-range forecast and latest thoughts on the pattern over at headypattern.com

Have a good evening and a great Thursday!

Nick

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