Forecast: Unsettled Weather Returns
Some iciness may develop late Tuesday
Forecast edited at 11:50 a.m.
Today: Mostly cloudy.
Slight chance of showers. 41-44. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. 36-39. | Tomorrow: Chance of a.m. rain, then slow clearing. 47-50. | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Quite unruly weather will be the norm for the next several days as your exact location could have a large impact on what weather you see. The chance for precipitation begins today and will remain with us through mid-week albeit with some breaks (e.g. today and tomorrow afternoon). Temperatures won't be too much out of the norm although some cooling Tuesday may give us a chance for some frozen precipitation.
Today (Sunday): Today will be a typical drab winter day. It won't be warm at all, but it won't be cold enough for snow.
It won't be dry, but it won't rain heavily. There will be fleeting peeks of the sun, but mostly overcast. In summation, blech. A passing upper disturbance may bring just enough energy to generate some patchy light rain, but don't expect any downpours out of it. In fact, some of you may not see any rain at all (sort of a meteorological catch-22). Cloudy skies will hold temperatures in the low to mid- 40s for the majority of the day and the wind will be blowing in from the south at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High
Any rain will come to an end from west to east during the evening probably by the time most of us hit the sack. A widely scattered shower or two may linger into the early morning is possible under mostly cloudy skies. Overnight lows will range from the upper 30s downtown to the lower 30s north and west. Winds will be shifting to out of the west at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium
Keep reading for the forecast through your mid-week...
Tomorrow (Monday): A cold front punches through the region in the morning, providing a
430% chance of light rain. During the afternoon, skies slowly clear and a stiff breeze will blow (out of the north at 10-20 mph), though we won't be seeing the return of anything like we saw New Year's Eve. Try as we might, I don't expect temperatures to break out above 50, though we may touch it for a brief period. Most of us will top out in the upper 40s. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: Expect dry conditions as we're between storm systems overnight. Our northern reaches should see partly cloudy skies and colder temperatures, dropping into the upper 20s. Southern locations may see a few more clouds, especially towards morning and may only drop to around freezing or so due to the slower penetration of the cold air.
Tuesday could be interesting as our next storm system develops to the west. With cold air filtering into the region at the same time (behind yesterday's cold front) moisture surges northward,
sleet and freezing rain a wintry mix may develop -- especially during the the afternoon and evening. Temperatures will hold in the low to mid- 30s. In the far north and west suburbs, freezing rain and sleet remains possible overnight, and significant icing could develop . Inside the beltway and to the south and east, any frozen precipitation will likely turn to plain rain -- but it will be a close call. Temperatures will likely remain steady in the low to mid- 30s. Confidence: Medium
By Wednesday, any linger precipitation will most likely be in the form of rain as high temperatures head towards 40. Said rain will decrease in coverage and intensity, with some partial clearing likely by late afternoon. Confidence: Medium
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