While the east coast begins to brace for a major winter storm we are staying calm and mild here in the Sauk Valley with high pressure firmly in control. Thankfully this high pressure system doesn't have nearly the strength of the cold air the previous one did otherwise we'd easily be back down in the single digits. Instead we are actually warming some with temperatures near the 30 degree mark and higher especially as we get into the upcoming weekend. With high pressure comes plenty of sunshine and this will continue over the weekend with mostly sunny skies and dry conditions continuing.
A few clouds will be possible this morning before a decrease in the coverage allows more sunshine during the afternoon today with light winds. Highs will push near the 30 degree mark. Saturday
Early next week an area of low pressure may develop in the plains and move towards the area come late Monday into Tuesday. At this time too early to pin down precipitation type and amount but snow or a mix of rain and snow appears likely. Not looking like anything major at this time.
Looking farther out long-term temperatures will continue to trend above average through the last week of January according to the latest Climate Prediction Center Guidance. Areas just to the northwest of here stand a nearly 70% chance of seeing above average temperatures during this time frame. Not too shabby for what is typically the coldest part of the winter season. We'll take it!
Enjoy the pleasant weekend ahead!
Latest Fast5 Forecast:
Today: Mainly sunny. Warm. High: 29
Tonight: Mainly clear. Low: 18
Saturday: Mainly sunny and continued warm. High: 31
Sunday: Mainly sunny early with increasing clouds later. High: 35
Monday: Mainly cloudy. Light rain or snow likely late. High: 32