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Cold and dry weather kicks off the week

A steady pattern of cold, dry weather will settle over the area during the next several days before a slight warm-up later in the week with the possibility of freezing rain or snow.

For today, clouds should give way to sunshine by the afternoon, according to the National Weather Service.

The high temperature of 26 degrees will be eight degrees below normal for this time of year.

Northwest winds of about 10 mph could make it feel a bit colder, with some gusts as high as 21 mph.

Overnight temperatures will dip to a frigid 11 degrees.

Tuesday will be mostly sunny and slightly warmer with a high of 30 and a low of 12 into Wednesday.

“There is high pressure building from the Great Plains,” National Weather Service forecaster David Martin said. “That is bringing in cold air during the next few days and generally cold conditions.”

It will be sunny Wednesday and partly sunny Thursday with highs from 35 to 39.

By Friday, the high temperature will reach 42 degrees, but snow showers and freezing rain are likely during the evening. The chance of precipitation is 60 percent.

For the rest of the weekend, the chance of snow or rain will remain.

Otherwise, it will be mostly cloudy with temperatures in the high 30s to low 40s.

“We’re not looking at a major storm,” Martin said.

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