Temperatures continue to be very frigid! Saturday morning had wind chills in the mid 50s — below zero degrees– and Sunday morning could see the same. This is due to lows temperatures expected to be around -30 degrees. All of this cold air is directly from the Arctic. Luckily, by the time 2017 comes to a close, ‘warmer’ air will be moving in. And by warmer temperatures it will likely be around zero degrees on January 1st. Then as the first week of the year continues, highs could be in the 20s! This is all because of the Arctic high moving eastward and a ridge over the western US begins to move in — creating the warmer temperatures.
For now, the big story continues to be the brutally cold temperatures for the next few days. There is also a Wind Chill Warning in effect until mid-day on New Year’s Day then likely an advisory at a later time could be issued afterwards. The extended forecast also shows little to no expected snowfall — that could change between now and then. An average high temperature for mid to late December is in the mid 20s and lows in the lower single digits.
Saturday night, lows, around 30 degrees — below zero– and light winds northeast then shifting northwest. Wind chills nearing -50 degrees. Frostbite can occur in as little as 10 minutes.
New Year’s Eve Day, bitterly cold temperatures continue as highs stay below zero and with wind chills nearing -30 degrees— as winds are to be west at 5-10 mph. Luckily, there will be some sunshine.
New Year’s Even night, mainly clear skies and lows in the mid 20s, below zero. Winds west and light with wind chills between -35 to -45 degrees.
New Year’s Day, highs around zero degrees and sunny skies. Winds are to be light and from the southwest, but wind chills between -15 to -25 degrees.
~Heidi Werosta, KX Storm Team