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Our Coldest Weather in Years May Arrive This Weekend

Following a cool start to our week, temperatures are expected to plunge even further over the weekend.

Posted: Feb 1, 2021 6:59 PM

Snow flurries overnight gave way to a chilly start to our work week; the day's cloud cover and blustery conditions only allowed afternoon highs to reach into the mid 30s for many of us - Evansville tipped the scales at 36° earlier this afternoon. Temperatures will gradually dwindle back toward the mid 20s overnight. We'll wake up to a morning low of 25° and mainly cloudy skies Tuesday morning, though the mercury is expected to climb a bit higher later tomorrow. Tuesday's anticipated peak temperature of 37° however, is still 5° below the norm for February 2nd.

Speaking of February 2nd, Tuesday is Groundhog Day - the current forecast in Punxsutawney, PA calls for scattered snow showers and plenty of cloud cover, meaning Punxsutawney Phil may not see his shadow and forecast an early start to spring. Despite what everyone's favorite prognosticating rodent whispers into the ear of his handler tomorrow morning, the forecast for the Tri-State looks anything but spring-like. Sure, Thursday will bring about rain chances and highs near 50°, but the mild weather won't last into the weekend ahead.

The combination of two cold front and the super-chill arctic airmass flowing in behind will drive temperatures back down below 10° in the River City for the first time since November of 2019. In fact, the current model data suggests that the mercury may fall as low as 0° in spots early Sunday morning with wind chill values approaching -20° at times - if this forecast holds, Sunday morning will be our coldest in more than 2 years! The last time we saw temperatures that cold was on the morning of January 30th, 2019. There are even hints that actual air temperatures could dive well below 0° early next Monday morning.

We'll continue to monitor the situation as it continues to evolve and will notify you of any changes to our bitterly cold forecast.

Wear Your Mask.

Evansville
Clear
47° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 47°
Owensboro
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 47°
Princeton
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 77° Lo: 44°
Feels Like: 49°
Madisonville
Clear
51° wxIcon
Hi: 78° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 51°
Jasper
Clear
49° wxIcon
Hi: 75° Lo: 43°
Feels Like: 49°
Just another day in paradise; afternoon highs again topped out in the mid to low 70s across the Tri-State under a mix of sun and clouds. If you have plans out and about this evening, make sure to grab a jacket before you head out - after seeing temperatures near 64° around dinnertime, the mercury will dip to 57° by 10 o'clock before falling all the way back down into the mid to upper 40s early Wednesday morning. Sure, tomorrow morning's lows of 47° will represent our mildest start to a day since this past Friday, but it's still going to make for a cool start to our midweek nonetheless. The combination of sunshine and southerly winds however, will help drive temperatures back into the low 70s by lunchtime - if you're planning on lunching outside Wednesday, make sure not to do so in the shade. Wind gusts near 15 mph at times during our lunch hour will make for a chilly brown bag lunch outdoors.
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