The next 6 weeks are the toughest for me. I consider mid January through February the dead of Winter. March can be pretty rough too but by then at least there's light at the end of the tunnel. Early last week we enjoyed record highs, the so-called January thaw. Temperatures so far this week have been pretty nice but they are about to turn ugly.
I expect a brief bout of mixed precipitation beginning late Wednesday night into midday on Thursday. I don't anticipate much in the way of accummulation but the Thursday morning commute could be a little dicey. Make sure to tune-in to News 4 This Morning Thursday morning. Matt will have access to our exclusive Street Sensor network and of course Paul Cook will be keeping a very close eye on our already stressed traffic situation.
Most of the day Friday we will be between systems with temperatures near the freezing mark. I expect a sharp arctic cold front to move through late Friday so we could see a few flurries especially late in the day.
Behind this second front we should see some of the coldest air of the season. We hit 8 degrees the morning of January 2 and I think we'll be very near that over the weekend.
The 8 to 14 day outlook from the Climate Prediction Center doesn't look too encouraging either with temperatues expected to be below normal through the period.
Hang in there...