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Forecast Last Updated at Thursday, February 11, 2016 at 12:27PM

Mini-Thaw Before Mega-Cold

The next two days will by no means be above-normal, but we get above freezing, and even into the 40s on Friday. We’ll be stuck in the 20s for highs on both Saturday and Sunday as a fresh Arctic air mass attacks. After the very cold weekend, a new wintry threat emerges for President’s Day. Details below.

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Thursday

Hi: 36 Lo: 22

Lots of sunshine; Not quite as cold; NW wind 5-10 mph becoming light tonight
Friday

Hi: 45 Lo: 20

Mostly cloudy; Scattered snow flurries; Light SE wind becoming NW 10-20 mph & gusty Friday night
Saturday

Hi: 26 Lo: 12

Early flurries possible; Becoming mostly sunny; Another Arctic cold shot; NW wind 10-20 mph gusting to 30 AM, diminishing PM
Sunday

Hi: 29 Lo: 23

Increasing cloudiness & very cold
Monday

Hi: 37 Lo: 32

Cloudy with snow likely, probably changing to a wintry mix

Further Out

Tuesday - Wintry mix AM; Decreasing cloudiness PM; High in the lower 40s; Low in the upper 20s
Wednesday - Partly sunny & milder; High in the lower 50s; Low in the lower 30s

Forecast Discussion

Early clouds have given way sunnier skies for the afternoon. Temperatures will finally struggle to get above freezing.

Friday will be mostly cloudy ahead of an Arctic Express cold front that will whip through the mountains Friday night. Scattered snow flurries will be possible on Friday, Friday night and into first thing on Saturday. Thereafter, it will just be bone-numbing cold, with some of the season’s coldest temperatures. Weekend skies will be mostly clear on Saturday, with some increase in clouds during Sunday.

The next weather system of interest will be will be developing low-pressure tracking eastward out of east Texas Monday and through the eastern Carolinas during Tuesday. Warmer, moist air overrunning the retreating Arctic air will likely result in precipitation breaking-out over our area as early as Monday morning. A variety of precipitation types are possible, with snow likely initially, perhaps giving way to more of a wintry mix or just plain rain by Monday night. It could be messy.

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