Let's look ahead to the weekend!
Dry weather should continue through the end of the work week along with temperatures close to normal for late January. But, showers could return as we head into the weekend.
SOME SUN & DRY THROUGH FRIDAY
Each day Wednesday through Friday should exhibit a sunny to partly sunny sky. Chilly each morning with low temperatures ranging from the upper 20s to around 30. Cool through Wednesday Afternoon with high temperatures in the upper 40s. 50s return for Thursday and Friday with low/mid 50s Thursday Afternoon and upper 50s Friday Afternoon.
We continue to track the timing of arrival for some showers over the weekend. Based on model data, it appears that showers may not arrive locally until late day Saturday and into Saturday Evening. Therefore, most of the day Saturday should have increasing cloud cover and mild temperatures in the mid 50s for the afternoon. Showers should move in through Saturday Night and continue into Sunday Morning. It may take through Sunday Afternoon for light showers to taper off. It does not appear that we will have any severe weather as a cold front brings the rain. Also, rainfall amounts do not appear to be heavy. Projected rainfall amounts ranging from 0.25"-0.50". Temperatures again should be in the 50s Sunday Afternoon, then a little colder Sunday Night as temperatures dip back to the 30s as drier air returns.
WE NEED THE RAIN
The Winter season so far has had below average temperatures and rainfall. Since December 1st, rainfall has been a little over 4 inches below average. We have only received 0.84" of rain for January. This is not a trend that we want to see continue through late Winter and Spring. Our next rain chances mentioned above still does not appear to be a heavy rain maker. We'll keep you updated on this through the season.
ARCTIC AIR RETURNING?
It still appears that some arctic air could return locally and regionally through the start of February. The latest long range projections point to the possibility of the weekend of Feb 3-4 could be much colder as some of the arctic air moves to the south and east.
As always, you can depend on the StormTrack 9 Team for updates!