Not as cold tonight, warmer breezes for MLK Day

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A mostly cloudy sky sticks around for tonight as temperatures bottom out in the upper teens and lower 20s. It will feel as cold as the single digits in spots due to an east-southeast wind at 10 to 15 mph.

That wind doesn’t back off throughout the morning on Monday, in fact, it will strengthen by the afternoon. Martin Luther King Jr. Day will see a partly to mostly cloudy sky overhead, with a breezy south and southeast wind sustained at 15 to 25 mph. That warm breeze will be part of the reason why temperatures max out in the low to mid 30s to the north, with upper 30s to low 40s heading further south.

It will continue to stay breezy through Monday evening as the clouds thicken up and fill in. A cloudy sky and south-southeast wind at 10 to 20 mph will actually be the culprit behind low temperatures only falling a few degrees into the mid 30s.

However, those low temperatures in the mid 30s will happen shortly after midnight. Even warmer air will get pulled in ahead of our next storm system. Especially for southern and eastern areas, daybreak will be even warmer with temperatures in the low to mid 40s. 

The morning will be the warmest part of the day though, as a trailing cold front sweeps through during the afternoon. By the time you head home from work or school, temperatures will be back down into the 20s and 30s. There will be an extra cold bite to the air as that warm south and east wind becomes a chilly north and northwest wind, sustained at 15 to 25 mph. That will drop down wind chills into the single digits and teens to close out the day.

That roller coaster ride of temperature change for Tuesday will go along with the chance of some precipitation, as well. Areas of light rain and drizzle will be possible for Tuesday morning, with some bouts of freezing drizzle and rain as that leading edge of colder air works in. By late afternoon, it will become cold enough for any lingering moisture to change over to some passing snow showers. However, little to no accumulation is expected out of this system.

A dry day is on tap for Wednesday with a mostly sunny sky and high temperatures in the 30s.

Additional chances for  a few passing flurries and snow showers roll through on Thursday and Friday as highs in the 30s for Thursday, fall back into the 20s for Friday.

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