Monday, January 02, 2012

Windy Winter Classic

Winter returns with a bit of a vengeance today on the strength of gusty west winds.  While temperatures this morning aren't terribly cold by any stretch -- mainly between 35 and 40 in most locations -- the wind is and will be a factor all day, helping to nudge wind chills down several degrees from the actual air temperature.  Winds today will range between 15-25 mph on the sustained side, gusting occasionally over 30 in many spots.  

Temperatures won't move much today -- we'll probably coax a return to 40 degrees in the city late this morning and hold out near or just above 40 for the midday hours before slipping south later this afternoon.  Skies will feature a mix of clouds and sunshine through the day -- more sun this morning, more clouds this afternoon as a reinforcing shot of chill approaches the region.  Flurries are possible west of I-81 and north of I-80 later today thanks to dying lake effect bands.

The chill is certainly going to be in full force tomorrow with high temperatures likely to avoid the freezing mark in many spots north and west of the city both days, probably avoiding it in the city as well.