HIGHLIGHTS: A weekend reprieve, then back into the freezer next week.
After several days of cold temperatures, the first part of the weekend will serve as a slight break from the worst of the cold weather, as temperatures on Friday and Saturday will make it into the 40s and up near 50 degrees (on Saturday). Nighttime temperatures will still be chilly, falling into the 20s Friday and Saturday night. We will return to the arctic temperatures on Sunday, as it will be the first of at least six straight days where we will struggle to reach the freezing mark for high temperatures. The reason for this cold snap is a deepening trough that will be located over the eastern United States for the next 7-10 days. Not only will this trough provide frigid temperatures, it will also keep us dry for the foreseeable future. Specifically, the positioning of the trough is such that any organized disturbance that develops to our west will be forced southward into the Gulf of Mexico, or will be torn apart. While this is not good news for snow-lovers, it will at least help things feel slightly warmer during the daytime.
Take a look at these maps below as they try to explain some of the reasoning behind the upcoming week's weather.
Have a great weekend!
Chase Scott Graham