Friday, January 17, 2020

Sunshine on the way, but so is winter cold! First, a bit more rain...

It seems like ever time we look the forecast shows another day of soggy and warm-ish conditions. We have had over 5 inches of rain so far this January making our winter feel much more like spring! Thankfully good news is coming! Rain chances stick around Friday night and Saturday but a cold front moves through bringing sunny conditions back! Thankfully this cold front has very little instability ahead of it, so no severe weather threat (and probably not even any thunder)! Winter definitely returns with lows in the 30s and 20s, but wind chills in the teens by Monday morning. Rain chances do return late next week as another systems begins to take shape.

Friday and Saturday

Cloudy and cool for your Friday afternoon. A chance at a passing shower can't be ruled out but hopefully we can enjoy a mostly dry evening before showers move back into the area. Temperatures will fall slightly after sunset but begin warming ahead of the cold front during the overnight hours (we've seen this a few times this week now!).

Rain will begin late Friday night and continue into Saturday. Though rain chances do stick around, this system will not be a washout. Rain totals will be around a half an inch for most areas. Most of the rain activity will be out of the region by noon Saturday. Morning temperatures will be in the upper 50s but quickly drop off by late afternoon with the passing of the cold front. Overnight temperatures continue to fall towards 30 with some outlying areas seeing lows in the upper 20s Sunday morning.

The high-resolution NAM3 model forecast radar valid 12pm (noon) Saturday. (WxBell)
The high-resolution NAM3 model forecast temperatures valid 10am Saturday. (WxBell)
Sunday -Wednesday

Sunny and cold! Finally a day with zero rain chances! Sunday brings sunshine back into the forecast with afternoon highs only in the 40s. Winds shift out of the north creating very chilly conditions. Overnight temps fall into the mid 20s. Make sure to cover up any outdoor faucets and bring in any plants or animals. Monday will be our coldest day with temperatures struggling to stay above freezing and wind chills in the 20s all day. Sunshine and chilly temperatures stick around for Tuesday, but clouds begin to build back on Wednesday.

The GFS model forecast temperatures valid 8am Monday Morning. (WxBell)

Thursday - Friday

Warmer temperatures return Thursday as clouds continue to increase throughout the day. A few showers are possible but rain chances increase overnight. Friday rain returns ahead of another cold front into next weekend. Something to watch moving forward!

Paige Davide
MWN Meteorologist Intern

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