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The coldest temperatures of the year are expected as we head into the later portion of this weekend.
Along with the dropping temperatures, the threat of flash freezing or rapid freezing will be possible on Sunday, according to the National Weather Service (NWS). Strong northwest winds and low wind chills will also be a part of the weather story.
Before wintery precipitation moves in, it'll be just rain starting on Thursday. A 60% chance of rain is forecast for Thursday and Thursday night, with highs in the lower 40s and lows in the upper 30s.
Rain and freezing rain are expected for Friday morning before mostly sunny skies for the rest of the day. Forecast highs in the mid 40s. Friday will also begin the return of gusty winds, with northwest winds 10 to 15 mph and gusts up to 25 mph. Chance of precipitation 50%.
Saturday is mostly still a rain event, with highs in the upper 40s. Chance of rain 70%.
NWS says in a Wednesday morning briefing that temperatures from Thursday through Saturday night will start near average but warm to readings some ten degrees above normal heading into the start of the weekend.
An arctic cold front moves in starting Sunday morning and could lead to flash freeze conditions, which occurs when a rapid drop in temperatures cause a quick freeze of water already on the ground from rain or melted snow. Snow showers are also likely Sunday and Sunday night.
Wind advisories or warnings may be issued, which could also lead to wind chill advisories or warnings as values are forecast to be as low as 10 below zero.
The bitter cold will continue for Martin Luther King Jr Day on Monday, highs are forecast to remain in the mid 20s with lows around 20, and continued wind chills as low as 10 below zero.
Temperatures rebound on Tuesday to the lower 40s with sunny skies.