Winter weather is back with possible ‘wintry mix’ on Monday

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WAKEFIELD — It’s time to get your winter coat back out.

A cold front might not bring snow with it, as current models are showing a 30 percent chance for a light dusting of flurries on Sunday morning, but weekend temperatures will drop more than 30 degrees by Saturday morning.

Saturday’s high temperature is projected to be in the lows 40s, but meteorologist Steve Minnick said that with the wind chill, it will feel more like the low 30s outside. Southsiders can expect brisk winds as well. Temperatures on Sunday morning will reach the low 20s.

Snowfall was previously forecast for late Saturday evening, but newer models have pushed the possibility of any flurries to Sunday morning. Minnick said that it’s possible that half an inch of snow could fall, but not likely, as there’s about a 20 percent chance for any accumulation north of the North Carolina border.

“There’s not so much moisture in the system,” meteorologist Jeff Orrock said. “It’s also moving through pretty quickly.”

By Sunday afternoon, Minnick said we could see some sunshine.

The cold, windy weather will linger, keeping temperatures in the low 40s through the early half of next week, with the possibility of a wintry mix on Monday night and Tuesday morning, depending on how low temperatures fall early next week.

“It’s mid-March, so it’s much harder to get cold air in the region,” Minnick said. “Right now, we’re still looking at high temps in the low to mid-40s for early next week.”

By Thursday, Southsiders may find some relief, Orrock said, as forecasts call for rising temperatures with highs back in the 50s.