There is no doubt some very cold air rushes into our area Friday. Here is a timeline:
Winds will start to pick up overnight into the Friday morning commute, during the day on Friday, northwest gusts of 30-40 mph are possible. This means you should dress for wind chills in the 20s (and maybe even teens) as that is what it will FEEL like on Friday.
Actual temperatures will likely stay in the 30s.
Cold Friday Night Football
Late afternoon into the evening, temperatures will crash into the 20s. Wind chills will likely dip into the teens and possibly the single digits Friday night; so some hot chocolate might be the drink of choice if you are headed to Friday night football!
Friday Overnight into Saturday Morning
Some gusts between 30-40 are still possible. Actual temperatures will drop into the teens with wind chills in the low teens (a few single digit winds chills are possible too).
For those out on Saturday morning, there still may be some lingering gusts of 20-30 mph.
Breezes should be calmer by the afternoon (10-15 mph) which should help to make things a little more comfortable Saturday afternoon.
That being said, it will still be much cooler than normal with highs in the upper 30s to around 40.
3 Records in 24 Hours?
Record #1: The record low temperature for Friday is 22° which was set in 1995.
Normally, we get our lowest temperatures early in the morning; often just before or just after sunrise. On Friday, our coldest temperatures will come after sunset in the evening as temperatures tumble into the 20s. It will be a close call as to whether the temperature gets below 22° at TF Green before midnight.
Record #2: The record low temperature for Saturday morning is 16°F set in 1956. Our forecast low is actually right around 16° for early Saturday morning so this will also be a close call.
Record #3: The lowest high temperature on record for Saturday is 35° set in 1987. Out of the 3 records we are discussing, I think we have the lowest chance of breaking this record. Tracking temperatures a few thousand feet above our heads is often a good way to look for temperature trends. In this area of the atmosphere, the core of the cold actually moves out on Saturday.
With some sunshine, this will probably be enough to push us over 35°…although a few extra clouds could make it interesting.
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