A couple of weak disturbances may set off a few snow flurries and snow showers later this weekend, otherwise it will be dry with seasonally cool temperatures. Saturday will feature sunshine, with Sunday being the day with the best risk of flurries or snow showers. Once these disturbances move through we will get another shot of cold air on Monday, followed by milder temperatures into mid week.
Tuesday should reach 40 degrees and Wednesday may see the thermometer registering highs in the low to possibly mid 40s as a southwesterly flow develops. High pressure will be in control early through mid week, before the next potential precipitation event takes place later in the week. Enjoy what warmth we do get because long range signals suggest much colder weather returns mid January and beyond. We will have to wait and see how that plays out.
Saturday morning saw the sunrise temperatures hovering close to 30 degrees in the local area, which is substantially higher from the harsh temperatures of a couple days ago. With highs well into the 30s this weekend and a mild trend next week, after a temporary setback Monday, we are in pretty good shape over this 5 day period. No big storms are in sight during this period.
Regarding the snow flurries and snow shower possibilities very late Saturday night into early Sunday morning, there is a slight risk of a coating of snow through Sunday morning. The same scenario could play out overnight Sunday. The chance of precipitation is only about 30%.
Five Day Forecast:
Saturday: Mostly sunny, followed by increasing clouds later in the day. High temperatures in the mid to upper 30s. Winds northwest 5 to 15 mph.
Saturday night: Becoming cloudy. Chance of snow flurries or snow showers toward morning. Lows in the low 20s. Winds near calm.
Sunday and Sunday night: Mostly cloudy, with a chance of morning flurries or snow showers. Partial clearing possible for the afternoon before it clouds up at night, with another chance of flurries or snow showers. Highs in the upper 30s. Overnight lows in the mid 20s. Winds generally 10 mph or less.
Monday: Partly to mostly sunny and colder. Highs in the low 30s. Brisk northerly winds up to 25 mph are possible.
Monday night: Mostly clear skies and cold. Lows 10 to 15, coldest in the outlying regions.
Tuesday and Wednesday: Fair skies, with mostly clear to partly cloudy conditions overall. Highs near 40 Tuesday climbing to the low and mid 40s Wednesday. Overnight lows in the mid teens north and west to low 20s in and near Springfield on Tuesday night. Near 30 on Wednesday night.