Coldest Air of the Season?

A Wind Chill Advisory remains in effect until Noon

Draffenville is the relatively warm spot in the Jackson Purchase this morning, dropping to 1.6° as the low! Murray dropped to -0.3°, Hickman dropped to 0.9°, and Mayfield dropped all the way to -3.1° this morning! I know it’s early into Winter, but I’m beginning to wonder if this is the coldest air of the season?

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High pressure will move directly overhead today, which will lead to cal conditions. Temperatures will increase some thanks to the lack of northerly wind. Afternoon highs are expected to top out around 21° at 3 PM.

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Overnight lows will drop down to around 12°. Fortunately a light southerly wind will begin in the early morning hours, which may help prevent the extreme cold from returning Wednesday morning.

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Temperatures should “warm rather quickly” in the morning hours thanks to southerly flow ahead of a surface cold front. This will lead to temperatures right around 30° at Noon. The NAM Model below predicts 9 AM temperatures will be around 21°.

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Then, winds will shift out of the west as a cold front moves through the region Wednesday afternoon. By Wednesday evening, strong northwest winds will once again usher in cold conditions. Lows on Wednesday night will once again drop into the single digits.

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Cold air will once again spill into the region on Thursday thanks to high pressure to the northwest of the region. This will lead to highs in the low 20s with northwest winds around 10 mph. The combination of the wind and cold will make it feel like it’s in the single digits.

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Looking Ahead

I’m still tracking our fist “warm spell” this weekend. It looks like a rain event will move into the region with temperatures generally in the mid 40s. However, we get thrown back into the freezer next week.

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That should wrap up this forecast. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you are able to stay warm today!

-Meteorologist Jacob Wilkins

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