Forecast: Cloudy and Wet, then Winter Wakes?
Yes, rain is coming. But the good news about the rain forecast during the next 24 hours is that most of it will fall at night. With the exception of late this afternoon and early tomorrow morning, the daylight hours of the remainder of the holiday weekend will be dry and on the mild side (especially Monday). Much cooler air greets us Tuesday, when our attention will shift to the possible development of wintry weather Thursday and Friday.
Rain developing towards dark. Near 50. It will be cloudy and cool for most of the day. It will only become mild very gradually, with temperatures not reaching 50 until the evening hours when strong southerly winds really start to kick in. A bit of rain may develop this afternoon, especially west of town. But most of the rain will fall overnight and may be heavy at times. Temperatures will continue their ascent during the overnight hours, reaching the mid 50s or so by morning.
Keep reading for the forecast for President's Day and the work week, including a chance of late-week wintry weather.
Rain ends, becoming partly sunny and breezy. Mid 50s. Rain is likely in the morning, particularly east of town. By midday, a cold front will have cleared the area, with most places drying out courtesy of gusty winds from the northwest. Unseasonably mild 50s will start the day and persist into the afternoon since cooler air behind the front will probably wait until dark to make its presence felt.
A LOOK AHEAD
Tuesday and Wednesday will be partly sunny and cold, with highs in the low 40s, and lows in the low to mid 20s.
Wednesday night through Friday, shall we say, appear interesting... Periods of snow, other types of frozen precipitation and/or plain rain are possible.
SNOW LOVER'S CRYSTAL BALL
Next Chance of Accumulating Snow: Wednesday night through Friday
An area of cold high pressure -- critical for frozen precipitation in our region -- is currently forecast to be parked to our north. At the same time, waves of low pressure are forecast to develop along a stalled front to our south. These waves will produce areas of precipitation along and to the north of the front as they travel from west to east across the South, possibly resulting in periods of snow or ice in our region. Some important questions are:
1) How far north will the precipitation get and will it fall in large quantities? Or will the high pressure to the north suppress the precipitation to the south?
2) How strong will the cold air to the north be? Will it exist in sufficient quantities to provide all frozen precipitation, or will it be weaker than currently forecast, resulting in mostly plain rain?
3) How deep will the cold air be? Will the cold air only exist in shallow layer meaning ice or will the cold air exist at all necessary levels so snow falls?
4) Will we have multiple weak waves as shown in the forecast models now or one big wave?
These are just some of the key questions forecasters will wrestle with in predicting this possible late-week winter weather in the coming days. Stay tuned.
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