Arctic cold front arriving this weekend

A slow warming trend is expected through Saturday, then a strong Arctic cold front moves in New Year's Eve, making for a cold start to 2018.

There will be a chance of light rain or drizzle behind the front, and as temperatures fall below freezing Sunday this may lead to icy conditions.

Even with no precipitation, the bitterly cold temperatures in the teens New Year's Eve and the morning on Monday could cause problems for pipes and livestock. High temperatures on New Year's day will stay below freezing with lows in the teens.

Clouds and rain will return on Saturday.

Temperatures Thursday and Friday only warm into the 40s.

It's important to note that significant adjustments may be necessary with this forecast for both temperatures and precipitation. Highs will range from the 40s southwest to upper 30s closer to Rolla. The computer models are beginning to show some agreement, and they show the bulk of the moisture moving out before the coldest air arrives. This will give a chance for light ice accumulations across North Texas. Preparations should be completed sometime today through Saturday in order to avoid rain and the extreme cold. And if the clouds don't clear quickly we may not get out of the 30s. Along with the cold air, wind chills will be falling below zero throughout the weekend.

Tuesday will likely be the coldest morning with lows in the low to mid 20s and highs near 40.

Another shot at snow flurries is possible Tuesday followed by arctic reinforcements Wednesday. Make sure you're properly prepared for the cold and that your family and friends are taken care of. But I want to give you enough time to make plans. Count on us here at KPLC to keep you updated with the best information possible.


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