Temperature dip to near record levels tonight

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We’ve seen plenty of sunshine today but temperatures remain chilly across the state.  We only saw temperatures topping out in the mid to upper teens throughout much of the state today.  When you look at the “average” high for this time of year, this is a far cry from normal.  The average daytime high for March 3rd is 47°!

FCST_Low_TempsTemperatures will drop back into the single digits for Tuesday morning.  The only thing that might help us out tonight is the return of clouds after midnight.  Those clouds are already forming out in Iowa this afternoon and they’ll continue to build to the east toward us.  The mix of partly cloudy conditions, light winds and fresh snow should drop our temperature here in the city between 3-5°F.  This is very close to the record for tonight which is 2°F from 1873.

Meteogram tomorrowSkies remain partly cloudy on Tuesday and temperatures will see some minor improvements.  The entire state should make it into the 20s for the second day of the workweek, unlike the outcome on Monday.  Highs will range from the mid 20s to the north and closer to 30° in our southern spots.  Winds will continue throughout the day from the South at 2-5 mph.

Jen_SurfacemapSnowfall chances cannot be ruled out this week but at this point, the chance for snow is small and the amount of moisture out there isn’t anything to get excited about.  A few short waves will pass through the Midwest over the new few days and the most organized one comes in Wednesday evening.   Fox Futurecast picks up a narrow line of snow showers developing in northwest Indiana Wednesday afternoon and then brings that line through the state over the next 6 hours.  But the timing of this wave still has some wiggle room.  And let’s talk moisture.  Our weather models show a range of no snow accumulation up to .8″ of snow accumulation.  At this point, I think we should err on the side of little to no accumulation since dry air will be filtering in for the next 2 days and this will leave very little moisture in the atmosphere to play with as this front passes. As always, we’ll keep a close eye on it and keep you in the loop!

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The extended forecast definitely has a warming trend this week and thank goodness!  The climb in temperatures may be slow this week but we’ll eventually see a bump in temperatures toward the end of the week and highs will increase to the mid 40s on Friday.  This would put us near seasonal levels for this time of year.

There’s still some disagreement in the extended weather models regarding the weekend precipitation timing and type so we’ll continue to keep an eye on that as well. But there is the possibility for a rain/snow mix Saturday into early Sunday.

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