After a chilly Tuesday night we can expect a mild and comfortable day on Wednesday. High temperatures will run some ten degrees above early January averages as we enjoy a fair amount of sunshine and less wind from what we experienced on Tuesday.
Low pressure in southern Canada will swing a weak cold front through the region late Wednesday night. There is little moisture associated with the front and it should move through without much notice. A spot shower or two is possible before midnight. It will cool temperatures back slightly for Thursday and Friday, however we are still expecting the temperatures to remain above early January averages. High pressure will take control of the weather behind the departing front.
Another low pressure system will be centered in the Great Lakes Friday. Milder air will be advancing ahead of this system and should bring us a mild weekend. However, the battle ground of established cooler air and milder air approaching will cause overrunning of the warm air and a period of precipitation is possible Friday and Friday night. The mild air is expected to win the battle of air masses and lift northward Saturday, which in turn will give us milder temperatures. There might be more clouds than sunshine on Saturday, but precipitation is not anticipated. Mild temperatures will be repeated Sunday, with just a slight chance of a late day or nighttime shower as a cold front approaches from the west.
If the precipitation arrives early Friday morning, with enough cold air still locked in place, there could be a brief period of freezing rain in the morning. By afternoon any freezing rain threat, if it even occurs, will be gone. Its only a slight chance at this time.
Five Day Forecast:
Wednesday: Sunshine, with late day increasing clouds. Mild, highs in the low to mid 40s. Southwest winds 5 to 15 mph.
Wednesday night: Partly to mostly cloudy. Slight chance of a spot shower. Lows in the mid to upper 20s. Southwest winds becoming west 8 to 15 mph.
Thursday: Mostly sunny, cooler and breezy. Highs around 40 degrees. Northwest winds may gust to about 25 mph.
Thursday night: Mostly clear early, followed by increasing clouds. Lows in the low to mid 20s. Light winds under 10 mph.
Friday and Friday night: Mostly cloudy. Chance of showers. Highs once again near 40. Lows in the mid 30s.
Saturday through Sunday night: Considerable cloudiness and becoming milder. Chance of a few showers late Sunday and Sunday night. Highs in the upper 40s. Lows in the mid 30s.