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Light rain showers arrive tonight, with colder conditions Tuesday

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of a few early rain showers. Temperatures dropping through the day. Winds: NW 8-12 mph, High: 43↓ (40-45)

Tuesday night: Mostly cloudy skies. Winds: NNW 4-8 mph, Low: 21 (19-24)

Wednesday: Mostly cloudy with a 20% chance of areas of wintry mix late. High: 37, Low: 33

Forecast Discussion:

High temperatures on Tuesday will be reached early in the morning, just as the last of the rain showers are ending. After that, temperatures will steadily drop all day with northwest winds pushing plenty of cold air in. Weak high pressure will keep things quiet into Wednesday, but lows Tuesday night will drop back down to the lower 20’s. This colder air will make for a tricky situation as the next storm system arrives late Wednesday. As precipitation along a warm front arrives, there will still be enough cold air at the surface for a wintry mix/freezing rain situation late Wednesday into early Wednesday night. Minor ice accumulations are looking very possible, but as of right now no major issues are expected. This is something to keep an eye on in the coming days as the picture becomes more clear.

Either way, we’ll get enough warm air back into play by late Wednesday night, changing everything to rain. The warm front will basically sit overhead both Thursday and Friday, keeping shower chances in the forecast, with temperatures in the 40’s. The surface low over the Midwest will finally get moving on Friday, bringing a strong cold front through. Temperatures will plummet behind this feature, with rain changing to snow briefly late Friday, before wrapping up quickly with all the dry air funneling in.

Next weekend looks rather quiet but much colder than this week is shaping up to be, as highs will be back in the 20’s and lows will be in the teens. A colder pattern in place will mean only snow showers with the next system’s arrival for next Monday.

Damon Matson

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