Forecast: Spring Weather Takes a Sabbatical
Noticeably cooler, rather cloudy pattern settles in
Today: AM sun; PM clouds. Upper 40s. | Tonight: Cloudy; Light rain or snow? Low 30s. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy & chilly. Low 40s. | Tomorrow Night: Cloudy. 30-35. | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
As we've previewed for a few days now, the past week's spring-like weather will be pushed aside in favor of more wintry weather over the next several days, courtesy a cold front that swept through the area yesterday. That means highs a rather-jarring 25 degrees colder today than yesterday's balmy readings. A few weak disturbances will skirt our region during this period, which (with rather low confidence) may bring patchy, light precipitation tonight and again on Saturday. While no major storms are expected, look for lots of clouds through early next week.
Today (Thursday): Morning sun along with temperatures in the 30s will give way to increasing clouds during the afternoon period with significantly colder temperatures than the unseasonably warm readings in the 70s we saw yesterday; I'm thinking most areas won't make it out of the upper 40s, so make sure you're adequately dressed. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Plan on mostly cloudy to overcast skies tonight with the chance of a few overnight sprinkles or flurries, or a brief period of light rain or snow, especially over southern parts of the forecast area, courtesy a weak atmospheric disturbance skirting by to the south. Overnight lows will be within a few degrees of 30 across most of the region. Confidence: Medium
Keep reading for the rather non spring-like forecast through early next week.
Tomorrow (Friday): With a bit of a skirmish between an area of high pressure to our north and a nearly stationary frontal system to our south, I'd count on more clouds than sun (in fact, much of the day may be mostly cloudy to even overcast) on Friday, but despite what the sky may suggest to you, the day will be dry. We'll see chilly afternoon highs only in the low 40s -- some 10+ degrees cooler than "normal" highs for this time of year. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: If you're heading out Friday night, the weather shouldn't be much of a complicating factor: plan on mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 30s during the evening, then dropping rather slowly (because of insulating cloud cover) to lows near 30 in the coldest spots to the mid-30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
While I'd like nothing more than to give you a confident, clarion call forecast for Saturday, I'm afraid that isn't quite in the cards. Due mainly to computer model disagreement on what exactly will happen with a weak wave passing by to our south, the forecast is still rather uncertain. I'll call for mostly cloudy skies (though there may very well be some peeks of sun) and highs near 50 with a chance of rain during the second half of the day. Some scattered showers may linger into Saturday night, with overnight lows dropping to the upper 30s. Confidence: Low-Medium
My confidence in the forecast for Sunday is somewhat higher: I'd plan on a mostly cloudy start to the day, with the slightest chance of a few morning showers or sprinkles. Clouds may give way to a bit of sun during the afternoon with somewhat milder highs in the mid-50s. Partly to mostly cloudy skies will hold temperatures primarily in the upper 30s Sunday night. Confidence: Medium
The outlook for Monday is for continued partly to mostly cloudy skies with dry conditions expected and afternoon highs ranging from 50-55. Dry weather will continue Monday night, with overnight lows most likely in the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium
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