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Weather Blog: New Years Eve Forecast and First Storm of 2020

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Posted at 4:40 PM, Dec 30, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-30 17:40:34-05

Good Monday night bloggers,

It is hard to believe we are one day away from the next decade. The current storm system, the last one of 2019, will move away the next 24 hours allowing for improving weather conditions. We are already seeing the early stages of our first storm system of 2020. There is an upper low west of Baja, CA and jet stream energy approaching the Pacific Northwest. Wednesday and Thursday will see the Baja low get kicked out and absorbed by the new storm forming from the jet stream energy. The Baja low could bring some decent rain to locations along and south of I-44. More on this below.

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Before we see the first storm system of 2020 we have some decent weather. Tuesday will see highs around 40° with less wind and 100% sunshine. It will be dry and cold with a 5-15 mph breeze as we ring in 2020 Tuesday night. Please don't drink/text and drive. The first day of 2020 will be sunny and windy, but highs will be around 50°. We are going for a high of 53°.

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THURSDAY-FRIDAY: We will still be in the warmer air mass Thursday, so any precipitation that forms will be rain. Thursday night into Friday, as the storm gets its act together, it will pull in colder air from the north and this could change the rain to snow before it ends. You can see Friday morning is 34°. If we are seeing rain mixed with snow or light snow, then we will have little to no accumulation. If the storm is a bit stronger and we see slightly colder air come in, and we see all snow that is a bit heavier, then we could see a quick accumulation of wet snow Friday morning. It is going to be an interesting series of weather changes Thursday and Friday. It is a storm system forming right here, so this makes the forecast even more difficult.

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Happy New Year!