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The arctic air mass of today will provide a sub-zero night for the entire area with wind chills dropping to one of the coldest we’ve seen this season.  Our fresh snow-covered ground will aid in freezing the air even more overnight dropping lows around -10 degrees.

I still expect a light breeze overnight, which will be just enough to drop wind chills as cold as -30 degrees.  Some sheltered valleys north of the Quad Cities could see numbers even colder than that.  This will likely lead to 2 hour delays for students heading to school in those areas with a few scattered delays..possibly cancellations across the rest of our viewing area on Friday morning.

Temperatures will recover some on Friday along with the wind chill as daytime highs reach just over the 10 degree mark.

These temperatures will drop below zero briefly that night before climbing in the 20s later in the weekend.  This is in part to our next round to snowfall that will be arriving Saturday night before ending on Sunday.

Preliminary numbers are hinting on the same amount of snowfall that we just recently had.  Amounts of 2 to 5 inches is the range we’ll use for now with the higher amounts south of Interstate 80.  As always, the track of this system is the key.  I’ll keep you updated.

Chief meteorologist James Zahara

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