by CBS11 Meteorologist Jeff JamisonBy Jeff Jamison


We’ve certainly had a time of it so far this December with the weather.  Today has featured a dismal, damp, chilly forecast, which normally would be look upon with a lot of contempt.  But consider just one week ago, when the ice storm cameth.

This December, so far, has been the 7th coldest on record.  I don’t think that is a surprise.  December 1983 was the coldest on record…and don’t think we may not topple that temperature record, there’s another arctic blast on the horizon.


The rain we’ve been dealing with today will taper off late this evening.  A push of cold air will arrive overnight, giving us a chilly and windy Saturday, with highs in the 40s.  But it will feel like the 30s most of the day with that wind.  It is not an arctic cold front, so we’re not expecting another week of frigid temps.

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In fact, by Sunday, the sun comes back out and wind dies down.  Not a bad finish to the weekend at all!

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It gets even better by Monday:  60s!!!!

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We should warm all the way into the 70s by Thursday before our next arctic cold front arrives next Friday.  As we mentioned yesterday, we are very confident it’s going to get cold again next weekend, but we’re not as sure about precipitation.

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Saturday and Sunday we should see temperatures holding in the 20s and 30s all day.

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Here’s the summary of next weekend’s temperature plunge, as it stands right now.  I’m not expecting a repeat of last week’s ice storm.  The models are hinting at some wintry precip Saturday and/or Sunday next weekend, but it doesn’t appear that the precip will be as heavy as last week.  The cold air also doesn’t look to stick around quite as long, either.  Of course, we’re still far away from the event, and things could change.  But it’s not looking as bad at the time of this writing.


Enjoy the mild temperatures of next week!

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