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5-day Forecast, 1/20-1/24/2024: Arctic Weather, But the Offer Expires Soon!

A scene in the snow along a Rebel defense trench the planet Hoth from Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Planet Hoth this weekend, but feeling like the Pacific Northwest by midweek?

Good Afternoon, Cardinal Country! Whoever asked for wintry weather has certainly gotten a Costco-size package of it so far with two solid jabs of Arctic air!! We have clear skies right now, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see some snow showers via a lake-effect band setting up off a NW fetch of wind above the ground. This should be spotty in nature if it reaches our area, but be aware of that possibility!

The cold, hard facts, though: It will be very cold today through tomorrow! We are looking to top out only in the lower to mid-teens, but we drop below 0 overnight into tomorrow morning. Layering up is a must if your plans take you outdoors today or tomorrow morning, but at least the sunshine will & the wind switching direction to out of the SW will moderate that chill tomorrow. Those SW winds & an upper-level ridge of high pressure are the reason behind what will truly be a big turn-around in our weather. In fact, the upper-level pattern is such that we will lock up the truly Arctic air well to the north – at least until the end of the month.

While temperature rise, we do have clouds moving in throughout Monday out ahead of another low pressure system. This one begins wintry, and maybe a decently icy one at that – something to keep and eye on! That icy mix will change over to rain & stay that way to midweek as supported by strong upper-level energy feeding from the SW into our system. Overall, this is a gloomy entry to midweek that will make things seem more like the Pacific Northwest than Muncie, Indiana. However, it’s something to look forward to for areas needing rain & for those who at least have been hoping we will have a substantial warm-up!

-Cardinal Weather Service Weather Forecaster Ryan Hill

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