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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 12/08/2011

Forecast: Sunshine returns but warmth does not

A dry but chilly weekend ahead

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Today: Sunny, winds diminish. 41-45. | Tonight: Mostly clear and calm. 28-36. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny. 47-51. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail


With last night’s snow mostly a no go, the only thing left to show for our flirtation with winter is a chilly day. Our recent spate of warm spells is not likely to come back soon as we are going to have to settle for more typical winter fare. But hey, we need a little cold weather to get us in the holiday spirit. The good news for weekend shoppers is that the weather is not one of the many challenges facing them. Sunshine is in firm control.

Snow Potential Index: 1 (↓) - Snow is on the back burner once again with just a hint of a few flurries the middle of next week.
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Today (Thursday): After yesterday and last night, today is a walk in the park, or maybe a parka! The winds are still whipping out of the west to start the day at 10-15 mph, gusting to 25 mph and readings are in the 30s. The winds do die down by afternoon but highs only reach the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Breezes are calm under starry skies. It is a chilly one but most areas do not freeze up until very late night if at all. Under high pressure, lows cover a wide range from upper 20s to mid-30s (downtown). Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Friday): Sunshine is the name of the game again today. However, a few errant clouds could slip into our area as an uppper level disturbance to our north sets off some snow flurries up in the Great Lakes. But we are safely dry. Temperatures are seasonable with highs in the upper 40s to lower 50s. Breezes remain light. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Another night of cold awaits so dress warmly. Evening temperatures slip from 40s into upper 30s. Skies are partly cloudy and lows drop to the upper 20s to mid-30s (downtown). Confidence: High


Saturday may have a few clouds in the morning but they quickly dissipate as dry air is firmly in control. Cold air aloft really puts the brakes on any warming making this a real winter kind of day. Highs struggle to do better than upper 30s to lower 40s. We are right under the high pressure center this evening and while cold, it also gives us a great view of the full moon rise. This moon is appropriately named the ”cold moon” or “frost moon” as the growing seasons finally comes to an end even downtown. Lows range from the low-to-mid 20s in the suburbs to some upper 20s downtown. Confidence: High

Sunday does not do well at breaking the grip of the winter cold. Highs are still struggling to do better than low-to-mid 40s. Bright sun and calm winds are welcome. Overnight lows range from the mid-20s to lower 30s (downtown). Confidence: Medium-High

Monday should continue the abundant sunshine habit we are in. Highs can be expected to reach the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium-High

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