The thaw starts tomorrow

Adding sun and warmer air
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Posted at 6:34 AM, Feb 20, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-20 06:34:14-05

After a roller-coaster couple of weeks, we can finally put winter weather in our rear view for a bit. Cold air remains in place, which is expected…especially with snow and ice on the ground. Now we wait for small, but important changes. The air will warm from passing systems and precipitation becomes more of the liquid kind.

After a morning round of low clouds or freezing fog, we will eventually see sunshine for the afternoon. It will be a nice change of pace and help melt some of the snow and ice out there. Even with temperatures remaining below freezing for most, we should see a small reduction of the snow and ice, especially on roads still covered. Sunday will bring warmer air as a warm front lifts north, but it will come with increased cloud coverage. Still, I think cloudy and 45 is a step in the right direction. Rain showers arrive overnight Sunday into Monday as the cold front arrives. Rain is expected to be light and widespread for a few hours, only amounting to about a quarter of an inch. The added rain will help wash away more snow and ice. Temperatures cool slightly after the front but not enough to keep us below freezing all day. Warm air keeps filtering in as more storm systems pass us to the north. The next chance for freezing precipitation will be I our southern counties on Friday.