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Forecast Last Updated at Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at 5:51PM

Chilly Tonight, Especially Valleys

Thursday is deceivingly several degrees warmer than Wednesday before a cold front Thursday night knocks us back down to size. A few light rain showers cannot be ruled out late-morning through early evening Thursday followed by scattered flurries & a few snow showers at night. It's nothing to get excited about. The bigger story is the return to blustery and chilly conditions Friday.

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Wednesday

Hi: 44 Lo: 25

Increasing clouds late tonight; Light wind (but SW 5-15 mph at higher elev's)
Thursday

Hi: 50 Lo: 27

Mostly cloudy; Cannot rule out a few light rain showers; Flurries or snow showers possible late Thu. night; South wind 5-15 mph (becoming NW 15-25 mph & gusty Thu. night)
Friday

Hi: 38 Lo: 25

Scattered clouds; Breezy; NW wind 15-25 mph with gusts to 35 mph
Saturday

Hi: 48 Lo: 27

Sunny early, increasing PM clouds
Sunday

Hi: 45 Lo: 30

Cloudy; Daytime rain; Rain mixing with & changing to snow late Sun. night

Further Out

Monday - Mostly cloudy; AM snow showers possible; Blustery; High in the mid 30s; Low in the upper teens
Tuesday - Scattered clouds; Remaining chilly; High in the upper 30s; Low in the mid 20s

Forecast Discussion

High pressure overhead tonight means chilly conditions and light winds, especially in the valleys. It will be a bit breezy later tonight at higher elevations, though. Thursday is warmer as a subtle southwesterly wind develops between the parting high and an approaching cold front. The front arrives Thursday evening without much moisture in the barrel. It will be warm enough for a few rain showers during the day, but behind the front any lingering rain showers will change to flurries and snow showers as colder air comes screaming over the mountains. The wind is the bigger story with gusts to 35 or 40 mph Thursday night and Friday.

High pressure returns Saturday making for a sunny day (increasing clouds late) and a much more pleasant day when compared to Friday. It is the pick of the weekend.

Sunday and Monday are much more interesting. Low pressure moves out of Texas northeast through the mid Mississippi and Ohio Valley's. A cold light rain breaks out by midday Sunday continuing Sunday night as the low tracks to our west. Temperatures don't budge too much during the day, but we'll see a nighttime run as warmer air advances east of the low through the southern Appalachians.

A powerful cold front arrives Monday morning as the bulk of the moisture moves north. There is a brief window for a changeover to snow showers Monday morning before ending. For snow lovers this is not a good set-up for anything major as the cold air and moisture are not on the same page. Of course there is still time for a few changes...

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