Forecast: Pleasant, crisp weekend

Another cold morning throughout the area on Saturday began what will turn out to be a pleasant — albeit cool — weekend. The cold Canadian airmass which settled into the area a few days ago has since modified a bit, but remains stout. Temperatures plummeted for the third straight night into the 20’s and 30’s across the interior, and upper 30’s to lower 40’s in urban areas. Clear skies and light winds made for favorable radiational cooling conditions. Saturday looks to feature pleasant weather, despite a noticeable wind shift from west-northwest to southwest. Winds could be a bit gustier than the past few days by afternoon.

NAM model, forecasting high temperatures in the middle 50's (cooler inland) on Saturday afternoon.

NAM model, forecasting high temperatures in the middle 50’s (cooler inland) on Saturday afternoon.

A disturbance and associated surface low pressure will pass well north of the area, through Southeast Canada, on Sunday. But pleasant conditions are expected to continue as dry air and the high pressure settled in to our south keep the system from providing much of a disturbance in our area at all. High temperatures on both Saturday and Sunday are expected to reach into the middle 50’s, keeping the air feeling cooler than normal. Low temperatures will slowly rise a few degrees over the next several nights, as the airmass finally begins to change.