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Weather

A Milder Weekend

By Michael J. Ring
STAFF METEOROLOGIST

We will enjoy a respite from the chilly weather of the past few days as a strong high pressure system moves across the continent this weekend.

The cold temperatures in the eastern half of the country over the past few days have been a result of this anticyclone. With a clockwise circulation, and a center situated to our west, the high pressure system has brought northerly winds and cold temperatures to the East and Midwest. Subfreezing temperatures extended all the way to the Gulf Coast last night, while temperatures dipped to the single digits Fahrenheit around the Great Lakes. In contrast, the southerly winds to its west have warmed the plains and mountain states; Denver will reach 60 F (16 C) today.

As the center of the high pressure passes through, our winds will swing from northerly to southerly and warmer temperatures will follow. We won’t get as quite as warm as Denver did today, but will make a run at 50 F (10 C) by early next week.

Extended Forecast

Today: Flurries in the morning; then clearing. High 34 F (1 C).

Tonight: Clear and cold. Low 25 F (-4 C).

Saturday: Partly cloudy and milder. High 42 F (6 C).

Saturday night: Partly cloudy. Low 32 F (0 C).

Sunday: Sunny and warmer. High 48 F (9 C).

Monday: Sunny and continued mild. High 50 F (10 C).