Today’s Daily Digit

A somewhat subjective rating of the day’s weather, on a scale of 1 to 10.

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Biting deep winter cold today may leave a mark- bundle it up!

Express Forecast

Today: Sunny, cold, windy.  Highs: 30-35.

Tonight: Clear, cold.  Lows:  15-25.

Tomorrow: Sunny, still cold.  Highs: 34-38.

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Unusually intense early season winter cold attacks us with little mercy today and tomorrow outside of at least some offsetting sunshine.  The part that I hate the most though will be whipping winds that drive wind chills down as cold as the teens at times.  These bitter winds should continue into the evening before winding down late and easing up tomorrow.  This is part of a gargantuan Arctic high pressure area driving south from Canada, affecting a large proportion of the country.

The end of the week into Saturday should stay dry and run colder than normal, but not nearly as intense as the next 24-36 hours.  By Sunday, we’ll take a shot at warmer weather, but rain may complement it.

Today (Tuesday):  This is probably the coldest day of November 2014, with temperatures some 20 to 25 degrees below normal – cold even by January standards. Highs only manage the low-to-mid 30s with a wind chill accomplice that makes it feel like the teens and 20s.  At least we have a good deal of sunshine, but those winds will fight the effect as they blow from 15 to 20 mph from the northwest with higher gusts up to 30 mph.  This looks to be our coldest day since the cold snap in early March or even February.  Confidence: High

Tonight: Still breezy into the evening hours, but winds slowly diminish overnight as temperatures tumble into a deep freeze under clear skies.  Lows range from the middle teens in the outer suburbs to still a hard-freeze in the low-to-mid 20s in the city (turn off all outdoor plumbing and drain those hoses if you’ve held out this long!).  Winds from the northwest at 10-15 mph weaken to 5-10 mph later.  Confidence: High

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Tomorrow (Wednesday): Still quite cold, but mostly sunny skies and lighter breezes (5 to 10 mph from south now) make this day more tolerable at least.  Highs manage to nudge a bit warmer into the middle to maybe upper 30s in some spots.  High pressure keeps the air mass very, very dry.   Confidence: High

Tomorrow night: Cloud cover returns with partly to mostly cloudy skies preventing lows from going as cold.  Look for low-to-mid 20s in the outer suburbs to near 30F in the city.  Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Thursday and Friday continue cold-dominated themes, but highs manage to at least achieve the 40s.  Thursday aims for middle 40s around the area, while Friday sees lower 40s and a few upper 30s possible north and west of the city.  Partly to mostly sunny skies rule both days along with continued dry weather.   Thursday and Friday nights look mostly clear with lows ranging from near 20 in the coldest spots to near 30 in the city.  Confidence: Medium-High

The weekend starts on the cold foot again as Saturday struggles to get any warmer than the middle 40s around the area under partly to mostly sunny skies.  Another big wet weather system encroaches by Saturday night, offering increased clouds and lows in the 30s.  Sunday is the warmest day of our forecast window with highs favored in the 50s, but clouds and rain could well spoil it.  Confidence: Medium