The intermission from cold weather is coming to an end with the passage of a strong cold front. The front is delivering a round of showers and isolated thunderstorms and even a little snow late in the evening. But, the bigger story is the cold weather it will deliver.

Temperatures will drop sharply in the wake of the cold front Thursday evening, quickly falling from the 50s into the 40s. Within several hours of the front moving through temperatures will fall into the 30s. Gusty northwest winds will not only drive much colder air into the area, they will also drive down wind chills. By morning temperatures will be in the 20s with wind chills in the teens.

St. Patrick’s Day will be bright, but unfortunately, very chilly. You’ll want to bundle up with your best green attire.

Temperatures Friday through the weekend will run about 15 to 20° below normal with highs in the 30s and 40s and lows dipping into the teens and 20s.

Temperatures will begin to rebound Monday and we’ll head back into a mild mode during the second half of next week. The warmer weather will come with showers and possibly thunderstorms by Thursday.