A blast of frigid Arctic air arrives for the New Year... For today, mostly cloudy and cool with highs in the upper 40s to near 50. A weak disturbance swings through tonight and Sunday morning, and with deepening cold air moving in from the north, some light freezing rain or sleet is possible through noon Sunday, creating the possibility for slick spots, especially on bridges and overpasses. We are not expecting a major winter storm, but the National Weather Service has issued a Winter Weather Advisory for points north of Highway 84 due to the threat for minor icing. If you have travel plans Sunday morning, it would be a good idea to hold off until the roads are clear of any ice that does develop.
The big story is the dangerously cold air that will plow into the state New Year's Eve into next week. We drop below freezing Sunday afternoon and will struggle to warm above 32 degrees through Wednesday morning; that means many locations, especially north of I-20 will have approximately 68-72 hours of sub freezing temperatures (from Sunday afternoon through Wednesday morning). Fortunately, once we get through tomorrow morning, we will remain dry, meaning no additional threat for winter precipitation. Please remember the 3 P's: Pets, Plants, and Pipes. And certainly, keep a check on elderly family, friends, neighbors; and those less fortunate to make sure they have a warm place to stay.