Weather Eye: Prepare for cold front, slick roads, lows well below freezing

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I hope everyone survived Thanksgiving without heartburn or feelings of being stuffed. Difficult to do with all of the holiday food trimmings. I won't say how many pieces of pumpkin pie I had.

OK, moving along to the weather. If you escaped heartburn from the big feast, you may get a little if you don't like cold and ice. The well-advertised cold front will be arriving soon, and modified arctic air behind it will turn the rainy wet streets into ice by Tuesday morning. Any snow that falls as the arctic front moves through would be on the light side. Still too early to rule that out.

The rest of the work week after the cold air arrives looks cold and dry, and it may last awhile. Overnight lows will most likely drop lower than we had last week, when we had many lows in the 20s and even teens in outlying areas. Highs will be notably colder, in the 30s. And our friend the east wind will settle in, adding a wind chill in windy locations.

Today is the first day of our meteorological winter while the rest of you wait until 9:11 a.m. Dec. 21. I will soon share last month's rainfall totals from your friends and neighbors. Too bad the expected moderate to heavy rain tonight and Monday couldn't have fallen a couple of days ago as our November rainfall amounts were running below average at this writing. The average mean temperature for November was 1.5 degrees below average. December will surely start out on the chilly side when the cold front passes through.

Bottom line: Prepare for cold if you haven't heeded the warnings already. This outbreak will be unique, as I believe it may last awhile, maybe through the weekend and into next week. Any moisture that gets to us during that time would for sure be snow.

Patrick Timm is a local weather specialist. His column appears Tuesdays, Thursdays and Sundays. Reach him at http://patricktimm.com