TONIGHT: Becoming blustery and cold after midnight. Low 22, northwest winds 10-20mph.

FRIDAY: Blustery and very cold. High 25, northwest winds 10-20mph.

SATURDAY: Cold and breezy. Mix of clouds and sun. High 29. Winds: South to Southwest 5-15 mph.

The middle of this week featured some pleasantly sunny and seasonable days with highs near 40 degrees. We are now tracking the leading edge of the arctic air which is expected to arrive locally after midnight. The first wave of cold air will likely bring some snow showers that could survive their trip over the mountains to our north and northwest. If you have any late night travel plans over northern areas do be advised these snow showers could be out there. Winds increase as the arctic air drops into the Midstate between 1am and 4am Friday morning. Out temperatures nose dive into the 20s and we stay below 25 degrees for the entire day. Northwest winds of 10-20mph will produce wind chills between 5-10 degrees.

The coldest period occurs Saturday when we start near 10 degrees and climb into the 20s for the afternoon. The arctic air is short-lived and begins to exit by Saturday night. We start to significantly warm by Sunday afternoon as we approach 50 degrees. Nearly all of next week remains mild with most days near or above 50 degrees. Our first full week of February could be the warmest we experienced so far this winter.

-Meteorologists Eric Finkenbinder and Dan Tomaso