Tonight: Clouds will linger into the night with low temperatures in the mid 40s.
Tomorrow: A strong arctic cold front will begin to push through the area in the evening. There is a slight chance for some showers ahead of the front in the afternoon hours. Highs will be in the mid 60s before falling overnight behind the front into the lower 20s and teens.
Friday – Sunday: Friday morning will be frigid with lows near the teens. A hard freeze warning is in effect for each night until early Sunday morning. Strong winds near 15 to 25 miles per hour with higher gusts behind the front will allow for wind chill values to drop into the single digits, especially Friday morning. There is a wind chill advisory issued for these dangerous feels like temperatures.
Afternoon highs on Friday will struggle to reach past the freezing mark before falling again overnight. This means a long duration freeze is expected. Saturday will only slightly rise above freezing before falling back below overnight. Christmas day will finally have warmer highs in the mid 40s.
Make sure you make preparations before the cold arrives and before you leave town. If proper precautions are not taken, pipes may burst, animals can suffer or die, and people can get hypothermia.
Beyond: Gradual warming will occur heading into next week towards New Years.
Check out our weather alert article for more information about the upcoming cold snap and how to best prepare for it.