Forecast: Stormy a.m. before cold air blows in
(originally posted at 5 a.m., updated at 11:10 a.m.)
Today: Gusty (50 mph+) a.m. showers and t'storms. Near 60 early, falling into the 40s. | Tonight: Evening breezes & clearing skies. Mid-20s to low 30s. | Tomorrow: Partly sunny. Low-to-mid 40s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
If you're commuting this morning, brace yourself for a rough one. Downpours and possibly thunderstorms - with the potential for damaging winds, an isolated tornado, flooding of low-lying areas and power outages - make getting around difficult through much of the morning. A breezy blast of cold air follows this afternoon, leaving us chilly and precipitation-free through Friday. We have been, and still are, watching a small chance of a little snow this weekend.
Today (Wednesday): Heavy showers and thunderstorms - potentially with damaging wind gusts to near and past 50 mph - batter the metro area this morning. Many locations could see 1-2" of rain in a short amount of time. So watch out for power outages as well as flooding in low-lying areas near creeks and streams, and anywhere that storm drains are jammed with leaves. Morning temps start out quite mild - near 60 - before free-falling into the 40s from west to east during the mid-to-late morning. Just a chance of a lingering midday shower, then clearing skies and occasionally gusty breezes as the afternoon wears on. Confidence: Medium
Most likely timing: 5 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Tonight: Those morning highs near 60 are nothing but a distant memory as evening temperatures tumble into the 30s, not to mention a breezy chill. Overnight lows dip down to the low 30s downtown and mid-to-upper 20s in the suburbs under increasingly clear skies. Confidence: Medium-High
Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...
Tomorrow (Thursday): Wednesday's weather action gives way to a partly sunny and just plain chilly Thursday. A bit of a breeze lingers from the west at around 10-15 mph as highs likely fail to surpass the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: Winds should be pretty light, and ordinarily that would lead to plummeting temperatures. But we may have enough clouds around - we'll call it partly cloudy - to keep temps from falling any lower than the upper 20s to low 30s. Confidence: Medium-High
Friday shapes up much the same as Thursday - partly sunny and cold with low-to-mid 40s for highs - but with less of a breeze. Confidence: Medium-High
The small chance of a little snow that we've been watching for the weekend remains small but not out of the question. So while the more likely scenario is for Friday's weather to continue through Saturday and Sunday with partly sunny skies, afternoon highs in the low-to-mid 40s, and morning lows in the mid-to-upper 20s (suburbs) to low 30s (downtown), things could still change. So stay tuned. Confidence: Low-Medium [updated at 11:10 a.m.]
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