EVENING: Clearing skies, colder and breezy. Temps sinking into the 20s.

TONIGHT: Mainly clear and cold. Low11.

FRIDAY: Cold and breezy. Mostly sunny. Northwest winds 10mph, high 23.

Winds are beginning to increase this evening as the cold, arctic air begins to sink southward. We are dropping into the 20s now and will reach the lower teens by Friday morning. Friday and Saturday will be the coldest with afternoon temperatures in the 20s.

The coastal storm we have been tracking is still hugging the coast, but we are more confident this storm will stay too far east to provide any snow for our region. Overall, a dry and cold weekend on tap!

Next week remains cold with some close calls with storms on Tuesday and again late next week. At this time, it appears the storms will not be close enough to have much of an impact on the area, however, they still remain close enough that we should monitor.

February still shows signs of a pattern flip and milder than normal conditions return during the first half of the month.

-Meteorologists Eric Finkenbinder