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Tracking a cold end to the week

TONIGHT: Mostly cloudy early, gradual clearing into Friday. Lows in the mid-teens.

TOMORROW: Becoming mostly sunny and chilly. Highs in the upper 20s.

EXTENDED: Clouds gradually clear out by tomorrow with a cold front slowly working south overnight into Friday. Winds will shift to the north and send our temperatures down into the low to mid-teens by morning. Highs only make the upper 20s tomorrow, but we stay dry heading into the weekend. Saturday is bright and breezy as we climb into the mid-upper 40s, and we manage to stay above average on Sunday despite a weak front rolling through. Monday and Tuesday are quite warm with highs in the low to mid-50s, but our pattern is in for a big flip next week. The jet stream becomes more southwesterly, priming the region with more moisture and putting us in the path of a strong low pressure system that will impact us by mid-week. We are five days out from any precipitation, so there are still questions of timing, track, and temperatures with this mid-week system. Right now it appears we'll start out with rain on the warm side of this system on Tuesday, and as temperatures drop into Wednesday morning we could end up with a window of freezing rain depending on how deep a warm layer aloft will be and how long it sticks around until arctic air blasts in. There will be a changeover from a mix to snow Wednesday into Thursday, with amounts yet to be determined. Impacts are likely, but the intensity of this system is yet to be determined. On the other side of this system it is looking quite cold. Temperatures could drop into the low single digits as early as Thursday night, and trends are hinting at a prolonged stretch of cold air into February, similar to what we saw last February with a familiar lingering La Nina pattern.

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Jessica Hafner

Jessica Hafner returned to ABC 17 News as chief meteorologist in 2019 after working here under Sharon Ray from 2014 to 2016.

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