Tuesday winter chill

Cold air working in
Posted at 4:00 PM, Dec 28, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-28 18:51:24-05

The early-week cold front is doing work for our temperatures. We are cooling from the northwest with areas that hit 50 degrees earlier today, now dropping into the 40s and even 30s. Otherwise, It’s partly cloudy and a little breezy. What little rain activity we had this morning was it for the day.

Showers began Sunday evening as a weak cold front neared the area. They continued into this morning bringing light and scattered rain. Amounts were minimal. Now, the only real evidence of the frontal passage is the cooling effect on our temperatures. Where the wind has changed out of the northwest, temperatures have cooled from the 50s down into the 40s and even a few 30s. Some spots remain mild, but it’s only a matter of time before everyone gets cooler air. This cool down will translate to a cold Tuesday. Temperatures will drop into the low 20s for the morning and only warm into the 30s or low 40s for the afternoon. Things will rebound in a hurry midweek thanks to the warm sector of a major winter system moving overhead. Winds will shift out of the south again and ramp up Wednesday. Temperatures will jump up about 15 degrees for the afternoon highs for the middle and end of the week. This, along with morning lows staying above freezing means that the chance for late-week snow is circling the drain. Rain showers will move in late Wednesday as the first cold front nears and stalls in the Ohio River Valley. If the cold front slides east we may see some wintry mix, but the more likely scenario will be the stalled front lifting back north as the second storm system lifts out of the Lower Mississippi River Valley. Rain is likely for the last day of 2020 and the first day of 2021. Showers will taper as we move into the first weekend of the new year.