WEDNESDAY WEATHER BRIEFING

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Good morning!

After a damp night, clouds will thin this morning, leading to a nicer afternoon. Here’s the hi-res model showing the clouds going away:

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Highs will be a few degrees above average.

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Severe weather will break out across the middle of the country this afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center actually has the Valley in the “Marginal” risk zone tonight as there is a small chance that showers and thunderstorms produce damaging winds late tonight as they come east.

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I am not impressed with the chance for thunder overnight but thunder or not….there will be some strong winds in the region late tonight and tomorrow. This animation shows the wind field at 5,000 feet expanding and strengthening over the next 36 hours.  We don’t live at 5,000 feet of course but some of that wind energy can get pulled down to the surface…especially in showers.

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There can be gusts to 40-45 mph late tonight and tomorrow. Otherwise, tomorrow will feature variable amounts of clouds, spotty showers and falling afternoon temperatures behind the front.

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Rain totals through Thursday will likely average 0.20″.

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FRIDAY: 

Still WINDY Friday with gusts to 40 mph or so. A colder day with highs in the lower and middle 40s. Much of the day will be dry but there can be some showers popping up by the end of the day. Windy, cold and potentially damp for football playoff games in the evening.

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SATURDAY: 

There can be some snowflakes around the region late Friday night and Saturday morning with perhaps a dusting on car windshields in some spots…mainly north of I-80. Cold with clouds and perhaps some intervals of sun later Saturday. Saturday morning map:

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SUNDAY: 

Much better! We’ll have sunshine and temperatures back in the 50s.

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LONG RANGE: 

Looks like a mild week next week. (Actually the rest of the month looks generally mild with only brief cold shots)

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THIS DATE IN WEATHER HISTORY: 

On this date in 1939, the temperature reached the record high of 70.

WEATHER FOR WEATHER GEEKS: 

The Valley’s most detailed weather video will go online this evening between 7:30-8:00. This evening’s video will take a deep-dive into the wind-maker coming our way…with more details on the thunderstorm threat. Plus much  more!

2 DEGREE GUARANTEE: 

Streak is up to 7 days. Tough forecasts over the next couple of days.

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