Mild start on Valentine’s Day; colder with snow for Friday

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A partly to mostly cloudy sky sticks around for tonight as temperatures don’t turn nearly as chilly. The cloud cover and a light south and southwest wind at 5 to 15 mph will keep overnight lows in the 30s and even low 40s in spots.

Winds for the first half of the day will stay out of the south and southwest under a partly to mostly cloudy sky, helping temperatures warm up quickly into the 40s and low 50s. However, a cold front will push through late in the morning into the afternoon, setting things up for a sharply colder evening for any Valentine’s Day dinner plans you may  have.

As that front sweeps through, winds will start to change direction and pick up. For the afternoon, a north and northwest wind will be sustained at 15 to 25 mph, but gusts could near 30 mph at times.

That will help filter in some cooler air for the evening as temperatures will crash back down into the 20s and 30s, but wind chills will be in the teens and 20s.

That breezy wind will start to settle down settle Thursday night into Friday morning, becoming sustained at just 5 to 15 mph. However, that will be enough to add that extra cold bite to the air. By the time you head out the door Friday morning, wind chills will be in the single digits, if not a few degrees below zero in some areas in the northern half of the region.

It will be cold, but dry for the morning commute on Friday, but it might not be quite as easy heading home. High temperatures in the 20s will go along with snow showers will start to spread in from west to east from late in the morning into the afternoon, before tapering off after sunset. As of right now, a widespread 1 to 3 inches looks possible by the time the snow comes to an end on Friday.

This is just the first of a couple of snow chances on the way. Saturday morning will start off dry with temperatures in the teens, but most spots will stay below freezing throughout the entire day with highs only in the 20s. Another quick blast of snow will be possible for Saturday afternoon and evening.

Some northern and northeastern could still wake up to a few lingering snow showers Sunday morning, but much of the day will be dry with highs trapped in the 20s once again.

High temperatures in the 20s spill over into Monday, as well, with another chance of snow late Monday evening into Tuesday.

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