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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 12/18/2008

Forecast: Unsettled End to the Week

By Josh Larson

All eyes on weekend's possible winter weather

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Today: Mostly cloudy. Mid 40s | Tonight: Rain. Mid-to-upper 30s | Tomorrow: Showers. Mid 50s | A Look Ahead


Whatever way you slice it, mostly cloudy to overcast skies stay with us for the next several days along with intermittent bouts of precipitation. Though we get a break from the rain today, a new batch arrives Friday when temperatures will be mild, popping well into the 50s. But then a cold front pushing through the area late Friday will send temperatures tumbling on Saturday ahead of the next round of precipitation Sunday, which may briefly begin as a wintry mix...

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Today (Thursday): While there may be some peeks of sun from time to time today, clouds will definitely dominate the skies. Temperatures will be similar to those we say yesterday -- in the mid- and upper 40s. Tonight will bring overcast skies with some showers developing late tonight or during the early morning hours Friday. Overnight lows will be in the upper 30s in most spots. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the beginning of next week.

Tomorrow (Friday): Bring the umbrella with you to work as numerous showers will dampen the metro area, especially during the morning and early afternoon hours. Despite thick overcast skies, southerly winds will spike temperatures into the mid 50s -- with 60 degrees a long shot, but not totally out of the question for some locations. Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow Night: Skies will remain cloudy Friday night, though the showers should lessen in coverage and intensity. In fact, much of the night may be dry, but I'd still recommend bringing an umbrella with you if you go out. Breezes from the north will accompany overnight lows in the mid- to upper 30s (suburbs to city). Confidence: Medium


As significantly colder air filters into the region from our north on Saturday, it's conceivable that highs may be nearly 20 degrees colder than those on Friday. I'm thinking low 40s, but with -- you guessed it -- continued mostly cloudy to overcast skies. A sprinkle is possible in a few spots, too. Saturday night's forecast is uncertain, but will probably include precipitation -- wet snow or a wintry mix? late -- and cooler overnight lows near the freezing mark. Confidence: Low-Medium

Sunday's forecast is still a challenge at this point; hopefully Camden will have a better idea of what we can expect in his post tomorrow. I'm going to call for overcast skies with cold rain or a wintry mix likely. Highs will be probably be somewhere in the 30s; the fact that we don't know where within this range is precisely the reason the precipitation type is still uncertain. Temperatures will turn colder Sunday night, with any lingering precipitation (though it probably will have already exited the region by late afternoon or early evening) probably falling in the form of snow. Low temperatures will be in the low to mid- 20s. Confidence: Low-Medium

The outlook for Monday calls for brightening skies with blustery winds from the northwest and cold afternoon highs only in the low to mid 30s -- feeling even chillier once you factor in the wind. It will be clear and very cold Monday night, with lows ranging from the upper teens to the low 20s. Confidence: Medium

By Josh Larson  | December 18, 2008; 9:00 AM ET
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