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Thursday, January 7, 2016

minor system zipping by... (pm.07.jan.16)>

Thursday's stats:

Low temp: 44.6F (7.0C) -- at 8:45pm, updated
High temp: 53.3F (11.8C)
Precipitation: 0.01" (less than 1mm) -- updated, through midnight

Today's high temp at my location in the upper part of town was the coolest I've recorded since Christmas Day, nearly two weeks ago.  That almost sounds like some kind of joke, considering the fact that we're still running several degrees above normal for this time of year.  There was actually very little movement on the thermometer today, thanks to a flow of slightly cooler air coming in from the north-northwest, combined with a predominance of cloudiness once again.  We did get some periods of sunshine until the early afternoon, but like yesterday, the clouds took over during the mid- to late afternoon.

An upper-level circulation center moving into northern Afghanistan right now will be our main weather-maker during the next 24-36 hours.  It's carrying a fairly good dynamic punch, as well as the coldest batch of air we've seen since the two weeks leading up to Christmas.  The moisture supply isn't very impressive at all, but all of the computer models are showing at least a swath of light precipitation breaking out across Jammu & Kashmir and parts of Himachal Pradesh tonight through Friday.  As colder air filters in, any rain showers will become mixed with and then change to snow -- although at this point I'm fairly confident that the turn to snow will remain well above McLeod.  At any rate, we could be looking at a couple of inches of whiteness on the hills and peaks above town by tomorrow evening.

This system should very quickly clear out of here by Saturday morning, leaving us with a calm and quiet weekend -- though temperatures will start out quite cold at sunrise on Saturday.  A new batch of milder air is on the way quickly, however, taking temps upward once again during the first few days of next week.  Maybe another shower chance by Wednesday...

You can get all the local forecast details on THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK tab above.