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Rainy then very cold this weekend

Like it or not, winter finally shows up.
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Posted at 2:43 PM, Jan 17, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-17 14:43:40-05

What is a major winter storm for the middle of the country will be a rain maker for us. A pair of upper-level systems will merge over the Midwest this evening. Next stop will be the Ohio Valley and Great Lakes.

Clouds will continue to thicken up this evening. A stray sprinkle or sleet pellet will be possible this evening. Most of the rain holds off until early tomorrow morning. Things will turn (briefly) warmer and gusty. Highs will be in the low and mid 50s with the potential of up to 40 mph gusts. Periods of rain will continue into the evening. Once the cold front passes showers will wrap up and the door will be opened for Arctic air to rush southward. We are expecting a three-day stretch beginning on Sunday where temperatures don't make it above freezing. This will be the coldest air of the season with lows in the teens and highs in the upper 20/low 30s. This bitter cold will be transitory. By next Friday highs will be back near 50°.