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Tracking a mild weekend, active next week

TONIGHT: Mostly clear and cold with lows in the mid-teens.

TOMORROW: Mostly sunny and much nicer with highs in the upper 40s.

EXTENDED: Tonight will be calmer as far as the breeze goes, but it's looking cold again with lows in the mid-teens. Tomorrow is more mild as we climb into the upper 40s with sunshine. We're a touch cooler on Sunday with a weak front moving in during the day, but we still manage to get to about 40. Winds shift back to the south and pick up quite a bit Monday ahead of a deep trough that will force its way across the Plains for the middle of the week. Highs Monday get into the mid-50s! Enjoy it because we have some rough weather heading our way starting Tuesday night through the end of next week. Precipitation develops late on Tuesday, starting off as rain as we'll be above freezing for most of the day. As cold air moves in by Wednesday morning, we could see a transition to freezing rain with a warm nose of air just above the surface. The speed of the colder air will need to be watched. If we stay warmer, we could end up with more of a wintry mix into Wednesday afternoon. If this system ends up tracking a little more east, we'll experience more of the cold air and have the potential to end up with more accumulating snow. I do think we will see snow by late Wednesday night into Thursday regardless, but could end up with more depending on how far east the low goes. After precipitation exits, brutally cold air is expected to move in Thursday night into Friday. Lows could dip below zero in most areas. There will likely be more of these frigid cold snaps over the next 2-3 weeks with some warmer days in between. This is typical of a La Nina pattern and is similar to what we experienced last February.

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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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