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Mild and pleasant conditions are expected across the region Wednesday as clouds increase late in the day ahead of a storm developing over the Great Lakes. Thursday will bring more clouds and a few showers as an Arctic front advances slowly from the west. That front will move through the area on Friday, bringing a rain-turning-to-snow event and perhaps some freezing rain. If you can, hunt on Thursday before the front moves in when deer will be very active before the storm. Skies will clear, except in areas prone to lake-effect snow; on Saturday but it will be sharply colder with strong northwest winds. A stationary front sets up across the region Sunday with rain, sleet and snow along and south of a line from Toledo to Atlantic City and partly cloudy skies north of the front. A storm center develops on the front over Lake Erie on Monday to bring more precipitation to the region through Tuesday.
Clouds and showers will be on the increase Thursday as a strong cold front approaches from the northwest. Theyíll impact primarily the northwest half of the region until Friday and it may be cold enough in the regionís mountains for some snow or ice with this system. Chances of that occurring will increase as cooler air pours into the region early next week with what could be some record-breaking temperatures and even more precipitation. Thursday and early Friday will be the best times to hunt with deer active in the northwest part of the area. Good hunting should last through the weekend over the southeast half until the front arrives with chilly winds and heavier precipitation to cause deer to head for their beds Monday night.
A powerful Arctic cold front will be the big weather-maker through the period with a possible snow/ice storm in Texas and Oklahoma developing Thursday and moving east across Arkansas, southern Missouri, west Tennessee and maybe even northern parts of the Gulf states with primarily rain closer to the Coast. Unsettled weather will bring more precipitation as at least two more shots of Canadian air penetrate as far south as the Gulf by Monday morning. The north half of the region will likely see the coldest temperatures it has experienced in some time by Monday morning. Precipitation should be confined to the southeast half of the region next Tuesday and Wednesday but the abnormally cold, perhaps even record-breaking temperatures will linger through the middle of the week. Both Wednesdays in the forecast period look like the best days to be out hunting, but be ready for some really cold air coming in from the north.
A potent cold front will continue to trigger snow into Thursday, especially from eastern North Dakota across Minnesota to the Great Lakes. Snow should taper off on Thursday but the coldest air of the season will bring highs down into the single digits and keep wind chill factors below zero across a good part of the region into the weekend. It will remain cold but temperatures will climb a bit over the weekend and winds should diminish as the center of the Arctic high parks over west Wisconsin. Clouds will increase Sunday with a chance of light snow across east Nebraska, Iowa and southern parts of Minnesota and Wisconsin. Yet another Arctic front will sweep in Monday with a chance of more light snow and bitter cold wind chill factors. Skies will clear Tuesday but the potentially dangerous cold will linger through much of the week.
The Arctic front advancing south through the region Wednesday will continue to trigger snow over the central and southern Rockies as far south as the higher elevations of Arizona and New Mexico and even into the Texas Panhandle by Thursday. Partly cloudy and very cold conditions will dominate into the weekend with clouds increasing and snow resuming on Sunday in the higher elevations of Utah, Colorado, west Wyoming and New Mexico. Skies will clear by Monday morning in the south part of the region but another Arctic front will move across the Dakotas, Wyoming and Montana with some more light snow and bitter cold temperatures. Skies will have cleared by Tuesday but the Arctic air mass will continue to hold the region in its grasp through at least the middle of the week. Deer wonít stray far from shelter and food during the period and fresh snow will definitely aid in tracking their movements and finding their hiding places.
Unseasonably cold weather will dominate the region until Friday when a small storm system moves off the Pacific onto the central Oregon Coast with clouds and some showers in the valleys and snow in the mountains. By Friday evening, the precipitation from the system will extend from northern California across most of Oregon through central Idaho to the border with Wyoming and Montana. The stormís energy shifts abruptly south on Saturday with snow ending in all but the southernmost and southeast parts of the region. Another shot of cold Canadian high pressure will arrive Sunday to clear skies and send temperatures downward again. Then partly cloudy conditions with moderating temperatures can be expected for Monday and Tuesday with another storm moving toward northwest Washington on Wednesday. Wednesday and Thursday of this week and Monday and Tuesday of next week should offer excellent hunting conditions, but be ready for cold weather and slick driving conditions on backcountry roads.
A cold front will sweep through the area from northwest to southeast Thursday but itís only expected to produce snow in the higher elevations of northern Arizona, southern Utah and New Mexico. A storm will drop out of the Pacific Northwest Saturday and bring better precipitation chances with showers in the valleys and snow higher up from Nevada and Utah into Arizona. Heavy snow could fall in parts of Arizona Saturday night with the band of heaviest snow moving into New Mexico and southern Colorado on Sunday. Temperatures will gradually warm up across the area during the first half of next week with no significant precipitation expected.