Merry Christmas, friends!

The historic wave of cold finally began to ease today. Temperatures climbed into the upper 20s and low 30s Sunday afternoon after morning lows in the single digits. Today was our first white Christmas since 2009 and the coldest in 20 years.

Another round of frigid weather has its sights set on the Lower 48 compliments of a fast-moving clipper.

A quick shot of wintry weather will arrive ahead of the bitter blast of cold. Winter Weather Advisories have been posted for areas west of Hwy. 65 where a light icy mix is expected to move through around midnight into the early morning hours Monday. This could lead to additional slick spots on roads. A little light snow will fall further east with amounts ranging from a dusting to as much as 1″.

Frigid air will follow on Monday with highs occurring early in the day before tumbling through the 20s into the upper teens. Wind chills will also drop, falling into the single digits during the afternoon.

Tuesday will start with some areas in the single digits. Sunshine and southerly winds will finally move the arctic air out with afternoon highs well above freezing. Much of the snow will disappear by late afternoon Monday.

A big flip in the pattern will follow as the cold air pipeline gets cut off as a trough moves into the Western U.S. This will lead to above-normal temperatures later in the week and a wetter pattern as we head into the New Years weekend.