Forecast: Warm-up awaits New Year's Eve
January thaw comes early!
(originally posted at 5 a.m., updated at 9 a.m.)
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Hallelujah! The wind is gone for at least a couple of days. And, after a cloudy, coolish day today - what a New Year's Eve and start to the weekend! I would not be surprised at all to see us make a run at 60 on New Year's Day. But a cold front comes to spoil the fun late Saturday into Sunday promising some light rain showers. I hope it's enough to wash away all those horrific salt drifts!
Today (Thursday): Clouds are abundant as a rain system in the Ohio River Valley is breathing its last gasp. There is a 10% chance for a few raindrops around midday but not the umbrella toting variety. And, are you ready for this forecast term? Calm winds! Despite the clouds, highs should still reach the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium-High
Tonight: This is a relatively pleasant night to be out and about with readings holding in the lower 40s downtown and upper 30s burbs. Winds still calm are a plus under mostly cloudy skies. Early morning lows fall to the upper 20s to lower 30s. Confidence: High
Keep reading for the forecast through Monday....
New Year's Eve (Friday): The peaceful weather gets even better. Winds are but a whisper from the south and skies have plenty of breaks for the sun to shine down. Highs push steadily upward with well above normal low-to-mid 50s. Resist the urge to go sunbathing! Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow Night: The mild conditions linger throughout the evening with readings well into the 40s and only light winds from the south. Clouds should slowly increase overnight. Lows only bottom out in the mid-30s to lower 40s. Confidence: Medium-High
New Year's Day (Saturday) has all the makings of an outdoor kind of day if the cold front to the west holds off like I think. Mostly cloudy skies do little to impede the warm-up. Winds begin to finally pick up from the south reaching 10-15 mph by afternoon. While a light shower is possible by late day, the best chance is overnight when the probability goes up to 40%. Not a bad idea to have an umbrella at the ready. Highs should reach the mid-to-upper 50s. Overnight, winds shift to come from the west at 5-15 mph with lows in the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Low-Medium
Sunday is the tricky day weather-wise. Clouds in abundance are the best bet. Showers are a pretty good hunch at 60% odds though more likely late in the day rather than early. Temperatures don't move much given the breeze from the northwest and peak midday in the upper 40s to lower 50s. The interesting thing is that the latest models show enough development along the front to keep moisture in the area until the real cold air arrives in the evening. This raises the possibility of a few wet flakes of snow but accumulation would be highly unlikely. Overnight lows slip to the upper 20s to lower 30s. Confidence: Low
Monday is back to sunny, seasonable conditions. Winds from the west are 5 to 15 mph but could gust to 25 mph. Highs should be near average in the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: Medium
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