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Showers and Brisk Wind Today

<B>(Friday Morning January 11, 2013)</B> Showers and breezy weather will have the upper hand today with unseasonably warm weather controlling our weather this…
On this morning’s weather map, low pressure is centered just west of Chicago with its associated frontal boundary slicing southeast from its center.  A stronger cold front is present and extends from central Canada southwest into the Plain States and Front Range of the Rockies. 

Rain showers are forecast to arrive around midday today as system near Chicago moves east.  Winds will increase as well from the south and southeast.  In spite of clouds and showers, high temperatures today should manage to once again rise well above average for this time of year. Rain should ease this evening as the system weakens and eventually moves to our east.

After morning clouds tomorrow, we feel enough dry air should arrive so that at least some partial sun develops. Highs should reach the low, to maybe, mid 50s Saturday.  The record is 57 set in 1932 and should be safe. Even milder weather is expected Sunday as the cold front over the Plains States moves closer to the region induces a brisk south to southwest flow from the southern part of the country.  In addition to the warm air, south winds will bring in moisture to the region.  And with the approaching cold front, showers will develop Sunday as temperatures rise into the mid or upper 50s.

Looking into early next week, cooler weather is scheduled to arrive early next week behind Sunday’s frontal passage. As a result, we expect high temperatures return to levels that are closer to reality for this time of year.  Even farther down the pike, there are indications that sharply colder weather may try and move back into the region later next week and beyond.  However, that is many days away and things may change.
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