Friday, January 4, 2013

Gloomy Weather Returns Saturday

Friday got off a rather chilly start, but just about all of our official reporting stations stayed just above freezing. Metro Airport saw a low temperature of 33° just after sunrise. And even with a decent amount of sunshine at times this afternoon, highs only reached the mid 50°s for most of us.

 Gloomy weather returns as we move into the first weekend of 2013. Skies will likely become overcast during the overnight and we can’t rule out a few sprinkles. We then look for cloudy skies, cool temps and scattered showers during the day on Saturday. Rains shouldn’t be that widespread and will for the most part be rather light, but any showers will just add to the unpleasant feel on Saturday. The clouds and showers will again keep highs in the mid 50°s for most.

 A few showers could linger into Sunday morning, but we expect some improvement by the afternoon – including the possibility of some sunshine before the day is up. We’ll then enjoy a rather nice winter day on Monday before things yet again start to go downhill.

An approaching storm system will bring a return of clouds and the chance of a few showers by Tuesday. After that, there are big question marks both on the timing of our most significant rains and the degree of cool-down we see, if any at all.

Right now, we’re leaning towards the heaviest rains arriving on Wednesday and possibly lingering into a portion of Thursday. There is also some indication of a possible severe weather threat, but we’ll get a better assessment of that as the event gets closer. The same model that points toward a slower arrival of rains also keeps temps mild during the latter half of the week, so that’s what we’ll go with for now.

Have a great weekend!

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