Forecast: Still mild, but clear skies cloud up
Not much rain until late Thurs.; Flood risk by weekend?
Today: Partly to mostly cloudy. Slight shower chance. Low-to-mid 60s. | Tonight: Partly to mostly cloudy. Slight shower chance. Mid-40s to near 50. | Tomorrow: Partly to mostly cloudy. Slight shower chance until rain threatens late. Near 60 or low 60s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Our weather glass has brimmed full with sunny perfection the past few days. That comes to an end with today's clouds and eventually rising rain chances. The glass-half-full way to look at things is that temperatures will stay on the mild side and rain should largely hold off until late Thursday through Saturday. The half-empty view is that heavy enough rains combined with mountain snow melt to our west could raise the risk of flooding.
Today (Wednesday): Highs head for the low-to-mid 60s today, but it will be a different kind of day than the past few days -- instead of bright sun and very dry air, we'll see partly to mostly cloudy skies today and increasingly moist air. Not much doing in the rain department yet, with just the chance of a passing sprinkle or light shower. Winds remain light, around 5 mph from the southeast. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: Skies stay partly to mostly cloudy, but will be hard-pressed to produce more than a stray sprinkle or light shower. It'll be a mild night by early-to-mid-March standards with lows in the mid-40s to near 50 (suburbs to city). Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend....
Tomorrow (Thursday): We may very well eke out another decent day with partly to mostly cloudy skies and just a slight chance of a shower through much of the day, until rain chances increase toward evening. Winds stay light, but at 5-10 mph they'll be a little more breezy than today. The mild streak continues with highs up to near 60 or into the low 60s. Confidence: Medium
Tomorrow Night: Steady rain becomes likely (70% chance) by tomorrow evening or overnight with lows in the upper 40s to low 50s. Confidence: Medium
For Friday, rain looks like a pretty good bet in the morning and in the evening. Models are hinting there might be a lull for much of the middle part of the day, but we'll have to watch if the models stay consistent with that as we get into tomorrow. If we do get that lull, highs could make the low 60s (otherwise maybe only the upper 50s) even with cloudy skies through the day. Rain could be heavy at times overnight with lows near 50. Confidence: Low-Medium
While it's too early to guarantee a washout, Saturday does not look good. Moderate to heavy rain may be with us for much or all of the day, along with some gusty breezes. Could see an inch or more of rain. If it was all snow, we'd probably be talking 10 inches or more -- highs climbing to near 60 ensure there will be no shoveling around here this weekend. Confidence: Medium
Rain should let up for Saturday night and Sunday, though showers could continue on and off through the period with Saturday night lows in the 40s (maybe near 50 downtown) and Sunday highs near 60. Confidence: Low-Medium
Flood threat: We'll have to keep a close watch on river levels Saturday into early next week, as melting snow in the higher elevations to our west, and the potential for heavy rain both here and upstream, could push waters close to or over their banks. Take this as a heads-up if you live in a low-lying, flood-prone area.
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