7:00 AM | Cold frontal passage leaves us windy and cold for next couple of days

6-Day Forecast

Today

More clouds than sun, windy, cold, maybe a snow shower, highs only reaching the low-to-mid 30’s (normal high is now 42)

Tonight

Partly cloudy, windy, very cold, low 20’s for late night lows

Thursday

Mostly sunny, still quite breezy and cold, mid 30’s

Thursday Night

Mostly clear, cold, mid 20’s

Friday

Sun early, clouds late, chance for snow or rain showers at night, cold, near 40

Saturday

Mostly cloudy with a chance for snow, sleet or rain, cold, low 40’s

Sunday

Mostly cloudy, chilly, some rain, sleet or snow possible early, near 40

Monday

Partly sunny, chilly, mid 40’s

Discussion

A cold front crossed the region yesterday and it has ushered in another impressively cold air mass into the Mid-Atlantic. Temperatures today will struggle to escape the low-to-mid 30’s, several degrees below normal for this time of year, and winds will gust past 30 mph at times causing much lower wind chill values. The wind and chill will continue on Thursday as well.

Meanwhile, a storm that originated over the Gulf of Alaska moved across California yesterday and it will spill over to the Central Plains later today from the southern Rockies. This storm will cause a major snowstorm over the next 24-48 hours from the Central Plains to the Upper Midwest in places like Omaha, NE and Des Moines, IA. Even Chicago could get its biggest snowfall of the season so far by later Thursday. While this storm will weaken later this week, some of its moisture will advance into our region late Friday bringing with it an enhanced threat for some snow, sleet or rain. Then the weekend will feature the formation of low pressure near the Gulf of Mexico that will head on a track to the south of here towards the Mid-Atlantic coast from the Southeast US and it could spread some rain, sleet or snow into the Mid-Atlantic later Saturday into Sunday.

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