Cold Weather Returns…

Much colder conditions are in the forecast after today’s cold front moves through the area. Here are several items to note:

– Hard freeze conditions will be likely across much of the area Saturday night and Sunday morning.

– Daytime high temperatures will be mostly in the 40s through the weekend. Temperatures will reach into the 50s on Monday, but colder conditions for Tuesday and Wednesday.

– Be sure to take actions to protect outdoor animals, pets, plants, and exposed pipes. Be careful with space heaters indoors during the cold weather.

Showers and isolated thunderstorms will accompany a cold front moving through the area this evening. After tonight, a drier weather pattern is expected through late next week.

Here is the forecast through next Thursday from the National Weather Service:
Tonight
A chance of showers and thunderstorms before 9pm, then showers and possibly a thunderstorm between 9pm and midnight, then a slight chance of showers after midnight. Low around 43. South wind 10 to 20 mph becoming northwest after midnight. Winds could gust as high as 25 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New precipitation amounts between a quarter and half of an inch possible.
Friday
Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 46. Northwest wind 15 to 20 mph, with gusts as high as 25 mph.
Friday Night
Clear, with a low around 32. North wind around 10 mph.
Saturday
Sunny, with a high near 45. North wind around 10 mph.
Saturday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 29. North wind around 10 mph.
Sunday
Sunny, with a high near 47. North wind 5 to 10 mph.
Sunday Night
Clear, with a low around 33. North wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening.
M.L.King Day
Sunny, with a high near 55. Northeast wind around 5 mph becoming south in the afternoon.
Monday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 40.
Tuesday
A 20 percent chance of showers. Mostly sunny, with a high near 49.
Tuesday Night
Mostly clear, with a low around 30.
Wednesday
Sunny, with a high near 44.
Wednesday Night
Partly cloudy, with a low around 31.
Thursday
Mostly sunny, with a high near 52.