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No breaks coming, light snow/mix returns tomorrow

Friday: Cloudy with a 60% chance of light snow, becoming a mix by the afternoon. Very minor snow accumulations expected. Winds: SSE 4-8 mph, High: 35 (32-37)

Friday night: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of lingering mixed precipitation early. Winds: L&V, Low: 29 (27-31)

Saturday: Cloudy with an 80% chance of PM rain. High: 39, Low: 38

Forecast Discussion

Pretty much the entire forecast is a difficult one this week, starting with tomorrow. What looked to be just a minor nuisance of light snow showers has gained some steam and turned into a fairly modest round of precipitation headed our way. This minor disturbance will pass through and have enough warm air advection and moisture to produce light snowfall across much of the area tomorrow, before becoming mixed precipitation into the afternoon and evening. Snow accumulations will be very light across the board. This disturbance will exit in time for another quiet night afterward.

The big player comes on Saturday, as a wide area of low pressure pushes through from the center of the country to the Great Lakes. We’ll be mainly in the warm sector of the system, which means the main precipitation type we’ll see will be rain, which should start to arrive Saturday afternoon. Now, despite how warm it is going to be, when the rain first starts, there will still be pockets of cold air near the surface. That being the case, it could be similar to last weekend where we’ll see some minor icing before the steadier rain starts, so please be aware if you’re driving. Steady rain continues Saturday night into Sunday, as highs to end the weekend surge into the 50’s.

Cold air slowly returns behind a cold front as we go into Monday, and as such the isolated precipitation along the front will be mixed once again. After this, there is quite a bit of uncertainty as to whether or not a storm gets its act together and moves through next week or not. The one certainty is that we’ll be back to colder weather next week, so kept small chances of snow showers in the forecast through next Thursday.

Damon Matson

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