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by Jack Donnelly, meteorologist
Tuesday will start innocently enough, warm morning
temperatures in the lower 50’s with light southwesterly breezes under a high
overcast. The weather will turn south and grow ugly by late morning, light rain
beginning just before noon and brisk gusty winds shifting from southwesterly to
northwesterly along a potent cold front sweeping through the area. Light rain
will last until about 4pm and then transition over to light snow for an hour or
two before ceasing, maybe a wind-blown dusting left behind. A noticeable drop
in dewpoints will follow the frontal passage, diving deep into the single
digits by 9pm at about 3 degrees per hour, with air temperatures to follow, plummeting to the mid-teens
along with the same brisk winds, chill readings flirting with negative digits
in the dark and cold overnight hours!
If anything, this arctic blast will prepare us for
the long frigid months that lay ahead.