Public weather briefingThe passage of the cold front last night turned out to be drier than initially predicted. Madison received no precipitation at all, but temperatures dropped significantly overnight, with a low this morning of 48 degrees. Winds shifted to out of the west as well bringing significant cold air advection, which will drop the low tonight to around 36. The rest of the week will be much drier and cooler as the cyclone moves eastward and is replaced with a large high pressure system that will dominate much of the central plains and upper midwest. This means winds will be out of the west/northwest throughout the latter half of the week, keeping high temperatures in the upper 40s Wednesday with a chance at 50 on Thursday. Friday sees the development of a weak surface low over the region, which will bring even colder air down from Canada for Halloween weekend. This front brings the possibility for flurries Friday morning, but the rest of the weekend remains dry as the system moves southeast out of the forecast area during the day Friday. Better bundle up for Halloween festivities...it is going to be a cold one once again.
Tonight. Considerably drier and colder. Mostly cloudy with a low around 36. Winds out of west around 10 mph.
Wednesday. Patches of sun, but remaining mostly cloudy. Northwesterly winds up to 10 mph. Cool with a high around 47.
Wednesday night. Winds begin to die off, becoming calm after sunset. Low of 35.
Thursday. Mostly cloudy with a high of 50. Westerly winds pick up again, up to 10 mph in the evening.
Friday. Best chance for precipitation in the early morning. Very cold, with a high in the upper 30s and the low dipping into the 20s after dark. Much windier, with winds out of north between 15 to 20 mph.
Outlook for Saturday through Monday. Temperatures generally remain seasonable or slightly below average, with Saturday being the coldest day of the weekend. Skies clear Saturday morning, staying dry through Sunday, with a high in the mid 40s. Slight warm up into the start of the work week, with a high Monday of 51. Winds remain much calmer throughout the weekend, gradually shifting to more southerly flow. [CONFIDENCE: MEDIUM]