The weather outside is frightful

The good news on this Tuesday morning in late November is that the weather forecast is dry and the wind that gusted Monday into the night is not as brisk.

The bad news is that the outlook is cold with a high Tuesday of 32 degrees — right at freezing — and the overnight low will fall to 18 or so with winds picking up, making it feel even colder.

While our area is not suffering the swath of Winter Storm Bruce, which brought heavy snows and high winds for five states in the Midwest, we are feeling the cold.

Wednesday should warm up to just 34 with an overnight low of 24 before warming up to 47 Thursday, then 56 with showers on Friday and continued rain Saturday with a high of 52.

The best upcoming day could be Sunday when the mercury climb to 62 with partly cloudy conditions and a 10 percent chance of rain.

Nationwide, brutal storm conditions grounded more than 2,875 commercial airline flights, killed a woman on an icy-road in Michigan, left more than 300,000 without power and sent five people to hospitals in Chicago from an eight-car crash on an icy feeder expressway ramp.

In our area, predictions from the National Weather Service Office in Blacksburg are — as always — subject to change but the longer range outlook suggests a chance of rain and/or snow by Dec. 8 – 10.

By mid-month, we should expect highs in the 30s and 40s and overnight freezing conditions.

Unless the forecasts change, which is always possible.

Winter officially arrives later in December but it look like it will be around before the “official” start on the calendar.

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