Kind of appropriate that within a couple of hours of the time winter officially began (6:12 am) yesterday that the cold front associated with strong low pressure pushed across our area. We are off to a windy and colder start early this morning with that low pressure area now situated up near Montreal, Canada. The gusty, cold west-northwest winds will continue across our area to then south of the strong storm. Although there will be some moisture for a few flurries across the area with the moisture and energy coming across the area this morning, especially to the north and west, we think that the basic premise of the forecast is partly sunny and cold with those strong winds today.
Those winds gusting as high as 50 mph today will make it feel much colder than the temperatures today, which will be about average for the first full day of winter. There is a high wind warning in effect until 5 pm. As the storm pulls farther away to the north and northeast and high pressure down along the Gulf Coast has a a ridge that extends northward, we look for dry clear to partly partly cloudy weather tonight and partly sunny weather tomorrow. The winds will slacken, but not go away completely tonight, and there will still be a little chilly west to southwest breeze tomorrow.