Colder to Coldest

Colder temperatures will continue to move into the northern plains today, but as we all know, that is very typical for this time of year.   How cold we get the next couple of mornings will determined not only by the sky cover as clouds can easily keep temperatures 10 degrees or more warmer than it would be on a clear night, but also on the wind.   The wind helps keep the coldest air from settling in the lowest levels of the atmosphere as it keeps the air mixed up and in turn keeps the air temperatures several degrees warmer than what would occur on a calm night.   The potential the next couple of morning will be for the low to drop into the 20s, but instead many areas will not reach that potential because of some clouds and wind.