Get ready: Temps about to crash


As of the time I am writing this (3:30 p.m.), a cold front is just approaching the far northern part of our area.  And you’d better prepare for this if you’ll be outside when it arrives, because there will be a dramatic and immediate temperature drop when that front crosses the area. 

Temperatures will literally drop from the 50s (about 13 degrees Celsius) into the upper 30s (4 degrees Celsius) within two to three hours.  Yes, it will be that drastic of a change.  I told you about this yesterday, and I’m telling you about it again today, so there’s no excuse for being caught outside unprepared when the front comes through.  You have been warned!

The other aspect of this front, precipitation, is a non-issue, as the air is very dry and it will come through dry.  However, something very interesting needs to be monitored:  Lake Huron lake effect snow bands overnight (between midnight and dawn).  While these should mostly affect just the Ontario side of the southern part of the lake, some models suggest that the extreme eastern Thumb could be brushed by them for a few hours.  This shouldn’t become a big deal…I don’t expect any accumulation unless something changes radically…but I do want to bring this to your attention if you live in the eastern Thumb.

Temperatures will drop all the way down to around 20 degrees (-7 degrees Celsius) by morning.  North-northwest wind at 10 to 20 mph will drop wind chills into the single numbers (-13 degrees Celsius) for most, so it’s going to be bitter cold when you leave for work and the kids leave for school.  Also make sure to bring in the pets tonight, because this will be very dangerous for them.

Mostly sunny on Wednesday, but cold, with highs in the mid 30s (2 degrees Celsius).  North wind at 7 to 12 mph should diminish a bit during the afternoon. 

Wednesday’s sunrise is at 7:33 a.m., and Wednesday’s sunset is at 7:48 p.m.

Mostly clear Wednesday night, with lows in the upper teens (-8 degrees Celsius).

Mostly sunny to partly cloudy on Thursday, with highs in the low to mid 40s (6 degrees Celsius).

Rain…possibly beginning as a rain / snow mix…develops Thursday night.  Lows in the upper 30s (3 degrees Celsius).

Rain showers Friday morning should end as a warm front moves north through the area.  This should leave us dry and mild for the afternoon, with highs in the low 60s (16 degrees Celsius).

Mostly cloudy Friday night with a shower possible.  Lows in the mid 40s (8 degrees Celsius).

Rain should affect at least part of the day on Saturday, with highs in the mid 50s (13 degrees Celsius).

Rain is likely Saturday night into Sunday, with lows Saturday night in the low 40s (5 degrees Celsius), and highs Sunday in the low 50s (11 degrees Celsius).

Next week looks to continue the unsettled weather pattern, with frequent rain chances, and near average temperatures.

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