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Temperatures to increase by weekend

Wednesday, January 2, 2013

According to local meteorologists, warmer temperatures will be moving into the Wabash Valley as early as this weekend.

Chief Meteorologist David Wire of WTHI and Chief Meteorologist Jesse Walker of WTWO said near the end of this week into the beginning of next week, temperatures will increase into the mid-to-upper 30s.

Wire said temperatures should increase beginning this weekend and will average out by Monday or Tuesday of next week when they will hit the upper 30s.

Wire said it's expected the temperatures will reach the 40s into the end of next week, which is slightly above average for this time of year.

Walker said temperatures might reach the 40s as early as Monday or Tuesday.

"The average high for this time of year is 36 degrees," Walker said. "Next week most of the country will be getting some Pacific air, causing us to go into the 40s for a few days."

According to Walker, the area may see some snow flurries on Saturday, but not enough to be a problem.

Wire said temperatures in recent weeks have been uncharacteristic for this time of year.

"Daytime highs are in the 20s at best right now and lower than the teens in the evening," Wire said. "The average for this time of year is in the mid-to-upper 30s. We're about 10-15 degrees below average."

Wire said this winter has shown unusual weather patterns around the Wabash Valley.

"The beginning of December was incredibly mild," Wire said. "I think our record high for the beginning of December was 72, which is very unusual. Then we hit several low pressures and then a lot of snow in recent weeks. The change from mild temperatures to a lot of snow is what's causing the extreme cold right now."

Walker noted this winter has already seen more snow than the entirety of last year's winter.

"From Dec. 20-29, we had more snow in the Wabash Valley than in all of last year's winter," Walker said. "Brazil had about 10 inches of snow during those nine days alone, and last year only saw approximately 9 inches of snow during the entire winter."

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