After bottoming out as low as -9 in the viewing area before 1 a.m. lastnight, temperatures then rose through the night with the south-southeast to south wind. However, wind chills did drop to as low as -16.
After 1 for a low before 1 a.m. lastnight, we hit 37 at the station today. The Purdue Airport dropped to 1 then rose to 37, while the Purdue Ag Farm bottomed out at 3 with a high of 37, while the Throckmorton Purdue Farm Site north of Romney tanked at 1 & reached 36 today. Frankfort Airport went from -6 lastnight to 38 today.
Much of the area was in the teens by this morning.
It has been a breezy to windy, much warmer day with highs 33-39 as of 5:15 p.m. with southwest gusts measured at 20-35 mph.
There have been some areas of blowing & drifting snow, but much of it has been too wet now (with the warmer temperatures & melting) to blow around. Winds are not consistently high enough for snow rollers, though there is a nice sticky layer on top, which would be a good situation for them.
Other than a few spits of flurries or a couple of sprinkles, it is virga (precipitation drying up on the way down) with an overcast now.
Some areas of snow, sleet, freezing rain/drizzle & rain/drizzle are possible this evening to tonight with temperatures hovering 32-36.
Any snowfall accumulation would be localized & under 0.5".
Any ice accumulation would be very light.
However, watch for a slick spot or two, given cold, cold ground & pavement temperatures after below zero readings as late as lastnight.
Mostly cloudy skies should begin to clear late with highs in the 30s with a light west-northwest to northwest wind. I cut back on the "breezy" wording for Sunday, as winds only look to now run at 5-12 mph.
We should cloud up Sunday night with 20s to around 30, followed by cloudy skies Monday with increasing southeast to south-southeast winds to 20-30 mph.
Showers will develop Monday, increasing to steady rainfall Monday evening-night.
Winds will turn to the southwest Monday night at 15-30 mph with rising temperatures.
Rain may end as brief snow/sleet Tuesday as temperatures fall rapidly from 40s & 50s very early to 20s & 30s with gusty northwest winds to 30 mph. Window is narrow for mild spell though & it will tend to occur after 12 a.m. & before 7 a.m.
Pretty high PWATs (amount of available water to squeeze out) for mid-February may lead to a period of moderate to heavy rainfall Monday night.
This may lead to some 1" amounts in a pretty short period of time.
Ponding & some creek rises atop frozen, mostly snow-covered ground are possible.
Brief shot of warmer weather races northward in the night in strong warm air advection with the rain & strong southwest winds.
A cold Wednesday will be in store with highs only in the 20s with partly cloudy skies & northwest 10-25 mph. Lows will run in the teens with wind chills to -5.
Thursday may feature a clipper with some scattered snow showers, but only very minor accumulation possible with highs in the 20s.
Otherwise, February 23-27 shows two systems with rainfall (second one may have the rain end as brief snow). Highs should surge into the 50s, the cool back to the 20s & 30s.
I think the coldest air of the winter just occurred & we will not see temperatures as low as -13 again.
However, winter cold may last well into March with opportunities for snow & ice.
Some snow is possible around March 2 with highs only in the 30s.
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