Forecast: Rainy, raw & windy end to work week
Chilly tonight as clearing makes way for cool weekend
Today: Mainly a.m. rain (snowflakes?). Cold & windy. Low-to-mid 40s. | Tonight: Becoming mostly clear. Breezy early. Mid-20s to mid-30s. | Tomorrow: Mostly sunny & cool. Low 50s. | Sunday: Some a.m. sun. Chance of p.m. showers. Upper 50s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Morning rain and a windy chill don't exactly make for a great end to the work week. At least there's one silver lining: the rain will temporarily wash away all the pollen. After today's harsh reminder that it's still March, sunshine and warmer weather return for Saturday and early Sunday, but weekend highs will fall short of the 60s and 70s some of us have gotten used to. Showers threaten again for late Sunday into early Monday.
Today (Friday): It's a wet and raw morning commute before the showers taper late morning and completely exit (from west to east) by early afternoon. Some non-accumulating snowflakes may mix in as the rain departs. Winds gusting to around 30-40 mph from the north likely hold daytime temperatures to the very chilly low-to-mid 40s. Skies sould begin to clear later in the afternoon, and at least the winds will help dry things up for the evening rush. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Temperatures, which will start out pretty low in the first place, dive into the 30s during the evening as skies become mostly clear. Evening winds should still be fairly breezy, around 10-15 mph from the north, but they'll be less gusty than during the day and will gradually decrease through the night. Downtown should bottom in the low-to-mid 30s with mid-to-upper 20s likely across the suburbs. A wee bit chilly! Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast into early next week...
Tomorrow (Saturday): Sunshine returns in full force! But don't expect it to feel much like spring. The chilly start, with morning lows near and below freezing, probably means highs in the low 50s at best. Winds should be light and variable in direction. While on the cold side, March could do us worse. Confidence: High
Tomorrow Night: Partly cloudy skies are expected and low temperatures will be a little higher than tonight, but still a bit chilly in the 30s. Confidence: Medium
Sunday: I'm hopeful we'll see some morning sun as highs head for the upper 50s. But skies probably cloud over by late morning or early afternoon, with a 30% chance of afternoon showers. All in all, not a complete weather-waste of a weekend day. Confidence: Medium
Showers are a pretty decent bet (60% chance) Sunday evening and overnight as a cold front comes through. Lows should dip to around the the mid-40s. Confidence: Medium
Showers may still pester us Monday morning (40% chance) with brightening or clearing skies possible by afternoon (not unlike today, actually). Highs will probably be in the 50s with gusty breezes from the north. Confidence: Low-Medium
By Tuesday, the cold front is long gone and it looks like we're back to mostly sunny skies. That should help highs reach at least the mid-50s, possibly near 60. Confidence: Medium
Gradually warmer temperatures are expected as the week continues.
Updated: Friday March 26 @ 3:40 p.m.
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