Forecast: From Rainy to Windy
Morning showers give way to whipping winds
You can ditch your umbrella for today after overnight showers end this morning. But hold on to your hat, steering wheel or anything else that could be blown about by winds that will become gusty out of the west. The winds and weather calm down for tomorrow, before the next weathermaker -- which may begin with some wintry precipitation -- arrives tomorrow night.
Showers ending, gusty winds, becoming mostly sunny, falling temperatures. Overninght showers should end this morning, from west to east, as a cold front sweeps through the area and skies become mostly sunny by mid morning. Morning temperatures in the 40s to near 50 will fall through the 40s and possibly into the mid to upper 30s during the day as winds -- sustained from the west around 25 mph, gusts to near 40 mph -- bring in colder and drier air. Winds should decrease during the late afternoon and evening. Overnight, clear skies and light winds will allow lows to dip to the low 20s downtown, upper teens in the burbs.
Partly to mostly sunny, low 40s, then increasing clouds and overnight precipitation. Skies should be partly to mostly sunny for much of the day, as the center of high pressure passes near the area, with highs in the seasonable low 40s. The late afternoon or evening is likely to bring increasing clouds as an area of low pressure begins its approach from the southwest. Then, precipitation is likely after midnight, and with lows near freezing it could start out as a brief period of sleet or freezing rain, especially in the northern and western suburbs.
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend.
Sleet/freezing rain to rain, breezy, 40s. I'm confident that rising temperatures will eventually change everyone to all rain, but for the time being I can't rule out some sleet and feezing rain lingering into the morning commute, especially north and west. Precipitation could be moderate to heavy at times before ending during the afternoon. Wet and breezy conditions will make highs in the 40s feel a bit colder than that. Overnight, clearing skies and continued breezy with lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.
A LOOK AHEAD
Early indications are for a partly to mostly sunny weekend with diminishing winds, highs in the low 50s, and Saturday night lows in the mid 20s to low 30s.
The outlook for Monday and Tuesday is for temperatures to continue above average -- highs in the upper 40s to mid 50s is my best guess as of now -- with a chance of showers both days.
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