Brett's Weather Blog: A wild weather ride this weekend of roller coaster proportions

What a first weekend of the New Year! 

Wow, one hour the temps are in the 40s, the next the temps are in the 20s and snow is headed our way!

Sound familiar? That's the way the first day of 2014 played out and now here we go again!

Saturday will be a day where the temps rise to around 45 then a strong cold front roars through Green Country.

First some rain, then the rain changes to snow Saturday night, overnight into Sunday. There could be a moderate band of snow between midnight and 2 a.m. Sunday.

Here is what happens: A powerful cold front rips through in the middle of the afternoon Saturday. Cold air starts spilling in behind the front. Then Saturday night a small, but potent little piece of energy zips overhead.  This energy will eventually become a bigger storm to our east Sunday morning, but as its growing in strength Saturday night it produces some light snow in Green Country. 

Below is how I think it will play out in terms of accumulation.

As I said this is a powerful cold front! There is arctic air coming with this front and a very strong Arctic high-pressure system.

When you have intense high-pressure systems like this, you can sometimes have some record cold nights.  Parts of the upper Midwest and Great Lakes could be looking at some of the coldest air since the late 1980s.

If you look carefully at that the map, you will notice parts of NE Iowa, western Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota experiencing low temperatures around 20-below zero! Wow! 

We won't be that cold in Green Country Monday morning, but it will still be a shock when you look at the temperature trend this weekend!

Beyond Monday, we will be watching for the potential some Wintry or wet weather next week! 

Make sure you follow the wild temp swings and snowfall by watching 2 News Weekends. 

Meteorologist Taft Price will set the table for potential snowfall Saturday morning and then track the storm as it exits Sunday morning.

And Meteorologist Brittany Rainey will have the most up to the minute forecast Saturday evening at 5 & 6 and then again at 10 p.m.  

Thanks for reading the blog! Stay safe and warm this weekend.


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