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Warmth Returns for Winter. Wait, What?

Snowfall has exited and warmer weather remains ahead.

Posted: Dec 16, 2020 6:52 PM

As anticipated, areas north of I-64 and west of the Wabash Valley received minor snowfall accumulations earlier this morning. Evansville, on the other hand, continued its record streak without an actual snowfall event - the River City officially received "trace" amounts of snowfall; the last time we had ourselves a "measurable" snow here in Evansville was on November 11th, 2019 (1.1"). It's now been 405 striaght days since our last snowfall and it looks as though that number will continue to climb as our extended forecast indicates little to snow in our near future.

Temperatures behind the passing winter weather system will continue to fall - overnight lows will dip into the mid to upper 20s, though wind chill values may fall into the upper teens at times early Thursday. Following an overcast start to the day, one can expect gradually decreasing cloud cover throughout the day with highs nearing 37°. The clear skies tomorrow night will allow temperatures to dive even lower across the Tri-State; we'll fall to 26° in Evansville early Friday morning.

It'll be sunny and breezy with a high of 46° on Friday before rain chances arrive Saturday and disrupt your weekend. Whereas Saturday will be cloudy, cool and rainy, at least our Sunday will be clearer; though temperatures will remain in the mid 40s as we wrap up the weekend ahead. However, the real warm up won't arrive until the winter season officially kicks off. Yeah, you read right. The winter season officially gets underway early Monday morning with the annual Winter Solstice - temperatures that afternoon will climb back into the mid to low 50s areawide.

The 50s look as though they'll stick around for next Tuesday and Wednesday before a passing cold front supplies our next significant dip in temperatures. The latest model data suggests that once the scattered precip clears early Christmas Eve morning, temperatures will only reach back into the mid to upper 30s that afternoon. Obviously, we're still a long ways out, but if these models play out as they currently look, Christmas mroning could bring about our coldest temperatures in over 10 months! Honestly Santa, I'd rather have the lump of coal.

Evansville
Partly Cloudy
70° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 70°
Owensboro
Partly Cloudy
72° wxIcon
Hi: 85° Lo: 67°
Feels Like: 72°
Princeton
Clear
74° wxIcon
Hi: 86° Lo: 65°
Feels Like: 74°
Madisonville
Mostly Cloudy
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Hi: 82° Lo: 66°
Feels Like: °
Jasper
Clear
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Hi: 86° Lo: 65°
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Sure, yesterday's passing cold front and lingering rainfall made for a cooler-than average, fall-like day across the Tri-State - today on the other hand, was a bit more summer-like. The core of high pressure flowing in behind that cold front has now settled to our east and is actively pumping southerly winds, more heat and gulf humidity back into the Ohio valley. As a result, temperatures pushed back into the mid 80s for the majority of the region; the added humidity even made it feel a few degrees hotter as well. As for the rest of the evening, conditions will remain dry with temperatures gradually falling from 80° around dinnertime into the mid to low 70s by 10PM. The combination of added cloud cover overnight and those aforementioned southerly winds will help keep temperatures mild tonight - we'll only dip as low as 67° early Friday morning in the River City.
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