Spotty showers will continue through the evening with overnight lows in the upper 30s. Highs today near seasonal hitting the lower 40s but winds will still be gusting at 15-20 miles per hour. Small craft advisories are posted for the offshore waters and a wind advisory is in effect along the coastal parishes. The next few days should be the coldest stretch many of us have seen so far this season.
A few flurries will be possible Thursday with highs in the upper 20s ahead of the front. As for snow, there's just the slightest chance Friday night into Saturday morning as moisture surges up the coast but struggles to extend inland. Snow chances! The next system that drops in on us with some snow with it will arrive on Saturday! The snow bands behind the low (what are more commonly known as the lake-effect snow showers) are looming like they might linger longer than some of the earlier indications. If temperatures for the next 3 days fail to climb higher than 40, it will be the first consecutive 3-day period to do that since January 13, 14, and 15 of 2017. The first such opportunity comes overnight Friday into Saturday as a low pressure system develops along a front out over the ocean. A reinforcing shot of cold air will back up this snow potential that lasts all day. While Monday looks dry, it looks like we could have another snowy scenario on our hands by the middle of the week.
Temperatures will stay cold through the weekend.
1/10 (→): A very light snow band remains just a remote possibility near and east of city Friday night as moisture is in short supply.
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Sunday: Partly cloudy and chilly. Winds will be brisk keeping wind chills in the 30s.
A clipper will sweep by to the northeast on Wednesday.
The cold pattern will be more about persistence than intensity.