Rain/Snow Thursday; Bitter Cold Next Week

Hope you had the opportunity to enjoy the temperatures in the mid-50s today because these will be the highest temperatures in the seven-day forecast. A more winter-like pattern sets up shop across the Midwest beginning tonight.

Rain showers are possible through the overnight hours as a weather system moves up from the south. These showers will mix with some scattered snow showers as the sun rises on Thursday. The combination of overnight rain and warm ground temperatures will prevent any significant snow accumulation. However, a dusting in grassy areas is still possible by Thursday evening.

Our first round of arctic air arrives Thursday night and on Friday. Lows will fall into the lower 20s and highs will only rise into the mid-30s during the day on Friday with mostly sunny skies.

A brief warm-up will occur over the weekend with temperatures rising into the 40s and near 50 degrees on Sunday. Rain showers are possible late Sunday as a strong arctic cold front begins to move through. This will allow snow to mix in with the scattered rain on Monday.

The big story is how the temperatures really drop off next week. We’re talking the coldest air of the season. Highs are expected to only reach the 20s and lows will fall into the teens by the middle of next week. Start preparing now, as this will be a real shock to the system. Winter is coming…

—WCRD Weather Forecaster Nathan Gidley