Weathering the Hills: Climbing the Ridge

Day by day, warmer weather will move into our area, but the forecast hints at something next week

GOES-16 Satellite – The snow-covered Black Hills Thursday

TODAY: Despite our sunny skies, temperatures will still struggle to hit the freezing mark in many places. A south to southeasterly breeze should help inflate those temperatures a little better from yesterday.

TONIGHT: Although not expected to reach the single digits, I think a few spots could, given the snowpack and crystal clear skies tonight. If you bundle up properly, it should be an excellent stargazing night. Southerly flow will transition to a northwesterly breeze by Saturday morning.

NAM 3K Temperature Guidance through Saturday afternoon

TOMORROW: Things are looking up temperature wise, with mid-30s possible and a few clouds passing by. Winds maintain their northwesterly track. Great day to get outside work done.

TOMORROW NIGHT: Upper teens looking likely for Saturday night, especially if clouds clear out. Northwesterly winds will keep things on the cooler side, but won’t hold off the advancing ridge of high pressure going into Sunday.

SUNDAY AND BEYOND: Sunday and Monday will see the ridge at full strength, with highs in the low 40s possible Sunday and mid-40s by Monday respectively. Upper teens to lower 20s look likely stretching all the way to Tuesday for low temperatures.

Jet Stream Forecast next week – could see a trough move through Wednesday into Thursday

The ridge appears to break down Wednesday going into Thursday, and with that could come the chances of precipitation and cooler weather. Any other prediction this far out would be pure speculation. The jet stream points toward a ridging pattern going into next weekend, which could mean warmer, drier weather on the horizon once again.

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