Forecast: Winds relent, clouds increase
Spring says 'just kidding' with Mon. night snow chance
updated at 11:35 a.m.; originally posted at 5 a.m.EXPRESS FORECAST
Today: Increasing clouds. Mid-40s to near 50. | Tonight: Mostly cloudy. Scattered showers possible. Upper 30s to low 40s. | Tomorrow: Chance of a few showers early. Better chance of rain late afternoon. Mid-50s to low 60s. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Well, thankfully we're rid of yesterday's ridiculously gusty winds. But alas, as we go through the day we'll also see less and less of the warming sun that we've enjoyed lately. Briefly warmer air returns tomorrow along with the chance of a few showers early and a better chance of rain later in the day and toward evening. Then, somewhat remarkably, we have a chance of snow late Monday night.
Snow Potential Index: 4 (→) - Some snowflakes are likely Monday night, but a warm ground keeps accumulation chances in check.
Today (Sunday): Skies trend mostly cloudy during the afternoon as our next system approaches. The roaring winds that helped fuel numerous fires, cut power and toppled trees yesterday are gone, replaced by much more gentle breezes around 10 mph or less. The tradeoff is those increasing clouds and cooler highs than yesterday, in the mid-40s to near 50. Confidence: High
Tonight: Clouds obscure the sky overnight as the main area of precipitation associated with low pressure approaching from the west passes mainly north of the area. Still, some scattered rain showers are possible, especially in the northern suburbs. Lows stay fairly mild for the latter part of February - only dipping to the upper 30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium
Keep reading for the forecast through midweek, including the latest on Monday night's snow chance...
Tomorrow (Presidents Day): A few showers may be scattered about through mid-afternoon, with a better chance of some light rain developing during the late afternoon into evening. But for much of the day, it shouldn't be so wet that we can't enjoy temperatures warming to the mid-50s (north) to low 60s (south). The potentially siginificant difference between temperatures north of town and south of town, and the rather low confidence in the temperature forecast no matter the location, is thanks to a warm front expected to be in the vicinity. Winds are variable in direction around 10-20 mph. Confidence: Low-Medium
Tomorrow Night: As colder air streams in from the north, another area of low pressure coming from the west likely brings a period of precipitation, which could be moderate to heavy at times. It begins as rain around mid-evening and may change to snow from north to south overnight (could mix with sleet during a changeover) before ending by morning. A warm ground limits accumulation potential. If it doesn't get cold enough fast enough, then there may be little or no accumulation. But if temperatures crash down through the 30s with enough moderate to heavy precipitation still to go, then up to a couple inches of snow can't be ruled out, especially north of town and on grassy areas, as early-morning lows sink to the upper 20s to low 30s. Confidence: Low
The overnight rain-to-snow should be finished by the morning commute. In its wake, Tuesday features clearing skies but a returning chill to remind us it's not quite spring yet. Afternoon highs struggle to reach 40 with a gusty wind from the northwest - hope you didn't pack away that winter coat just yet. Beneath high pressure and mostly clear skies, overnight lows drop back into the mid-teens to near 20 in the suburbs and low 20s to near 20 downtown. Confidence: Medium-High
On Wednesday temperatures begin to rebound with plenty of sun and lighter winds. Highs climb back up into the 40s to near 50. Confidence: Medium-High
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