Cooler tonight, relatively mild to start the work week

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Staying mainly dry through Thursday...

TONIGHT: Mostly Clear to Start. Increasing Clouds Late. Lo 34. Wind Becoming Light.

MONDAY: Mix of Clouds and Sun, Still Mild. Hi 48. Wind E 5 mph.

TUESDAY: Mostly Cloudy, A Stray Shower. Hi 47.

Skies have cleared out and the winds have weakened too. A transition to cooler air has been happening since this morning. Temperatures gradually drop to the 30s tonight with clear skies and calmer conditions. More clouds return for tomorrow morning, but we still expect some sunshine throughout our Monday.

Even with cooler air arriving, temperatures only drop to the upper 40s and low 50s for Monday through Wednesday. A stray shower or two is possible on Tuesday, but for the most part it is another dry stretch of weather.

After a rebound back into the 50s on Wednesday, attention turns to the late-week pattern change as colder air returns by Friday. At the same time, a powerful storm will develop over the northern Plains and will move east, bringing snow into the mid-state as early as Friday evening. This system will pack a lot of moisture but also warm air with it. The question will be how long does the snow stick around and do we see a period of ice as well. Details are still fuzzy since the storm remains over 5 days away, but tricky travel looks certainly plausible Friday night into Saturday morning as an initial show of snow transitions to sleet or freezing rain. Eventually, enough warm air should flood in to change precipitation over to all rain by next Saturday afternoon. We’ll keep monitoring the trends!

-Meteorologists Adis Juklo and Dan Tomaso

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