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Tracking light snow Sunday and Monday, very cold temperatures this week

It's been a frigid start to Sunday with temperatures remaining in the low teens this afternoon with wind chills only reaching the low single digits during the day with a light north breeze.

Most areas ended up with about an inch or less of light, dry snow with Saturday's disturbance, and another wave of snow showers is expected to move in this afternoon, bringing an additional dusting to half an inch of snow. Snow to liquid ratios are very high, meaning this will be another dry snow given the low temperatures and dew points.

Another weak system will bring snow showers by midday Monday, with freezing drizzle or sleet potentially mixing in south of I-70. Snow showers will be light and move in by late morning, wrapping up before the evening commute. An additional dusting to half an inch of snow will be possible, so there could be some isolated slick spots into Monday evening if snow doesn't completely blow off the roads, and we do end up with some freezing drizzle to complicate things.

Overall, the impact from precipitation will be low, but the cold temperatures will continue to be about 20-25 below average, with lows falling into the teens tonight. Wind chills Monday morning will be in the single digits for most areas.

Arctic air will continue to have a hold on the region through the next week to week and a half with highs in the upper teens early in the week, falling to the low teens by Friday. Overnight lows Friday and Saturday mornings will hover right around zero or just below, so any breeze will send our wind chills back below zero. In that case, a Weather Alert Day will likely be issued again by the end of the week for dangerous temperatures.

If you have to be outdoors the next few days, make sure your car has plenty of gas and you layer up with gloves and a hat if you have to be outside longer than 10-15 minutes. It's a good idea to keep pets indoors during this time and make sure to keep their paws dry and clear of salt as it can be very irritating.

Stay with ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather for continued tracking of this cold stretch. You can get the hour by hour forecast for free on the ABC 17 Stormtrack Weather App by downloading in the App Store or Google Play store.

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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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