12/21 – The Chief’s “Winter BEGINS With A Vengeance” Wednesday Morning Forecast

TIPS on how to survive the ARCTIC BLAST

A cloudy and breezy day ahead with winds expected to continue gusting into the 20 mph range.

The main weather feature finally makes its appearance starting late Thursday and into early Friday. The front will be very noticeable when it moves through the region with an abrupt and cold wind shift. Additionally, the strength of the surface winds will abruptly increase and remain strong through much of the day Friday and into Friday night. With the front, albeit strong in nature, models are not picking up much activity with the front…ahead or along. The current forecast generally shows around or even less than a tenth of an inch with some locations escaping with 0 activity. Not too worried about a flash freeze or any type of ice issues in regards to travel as the 30-40 mph wind gusts will help dry up any residual liquid.

Hard Freeze Warnings will likely be needed along with Wind Chill Advisories. Wind Advisories will probably be needed as well as travel ramps up ahead of the holiday weekend. During the day Friday, strong COLD AIR ADVECTION will continue from the northwest over a fresh snow pack over the Ozarks, which will keep the airmass from moderating much before arriving into our region. Clouds will be on the increase as the cold dry airmass continues to spill across the central and eastern half of the nation. Temperatures will likely not rebound much on Friday with very little if any diurnal curve expected with many locations around or perhaps even below freezing especially across portions of the northern tier.

Winds start to calm a bit over the land zones on Saturday and especially on Christmas Day as a strong surface high pressure builds over the region. Overall, outside the well below average temperatures during this time, the weather should be rather benign with no precipitation expected and improving wind chills. A gradual warming trend takes place by early next week as the surface high begins to move eastward over the northeast Gulf and into the western Atlantic.

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