Good Evening everyone, and what a mild evening it is for December 3rd! Our temperatures tonight will only be dropping into the mid and upper 40s for many of us before warming even more tomorrow.
For hump day (Wednesday), expect temperatures to be in the upper 50s nearing 60 in the higher elevations, to lower 60s in the western counties. We will keep the cloud cover overhead, though a few quick peeks of sunshine aren't out of the question.
Thursday we warm even more! Trying to break a few record highs in some locations, as we see some down-sloping winds coming out of the southeast. There will still be plenty of cloud cover but a warm day none the less. It isn't until the afternoon we see our chances for some rain make their way in from west to east.
The showers will be along that cold front, with arctic air behind it.
But, the front is looking to stall out over western West Virginia and eastern Ohio, so we'll see rain showers through all of Thursday night and Friday as well. Friday we stay mild, though with rain we'll keep temperatures from getting too warm and only hit the 50s.
The exact placement of the stalled front and timing of the cold air remain a little uncertain, but here is what I think will happen as of now:
Friday night into Saturday the cold throws its first punch at the warm air and filters it's way in. Our temperatures Saturday won't make it out of the middle 30s so a rain snow mix is expected, with all snow in the higher elevations.
Saturday night into Sunday we will see the warm air fight back and move back in. This is ahead of another system developing along the front to our south moving along the front right over our area. I think with the boundary just to our west this will being in even warmer air for Sunday (40s) and switch everything back over to rain, because we'll be on the warm side of the system. As cold air is still in our valley's freezing rain cannot be ruled out Sunday morning.
All rain as of now is what is in store for Monday, with our temperatures reaching well into the 40s, as the bulk of the moisture from that system moves over head. By Tuesday though it looks like that cold air delivers a knock-out blow to the warmer air and invades our area. Dropping temperatures to the lower 30s for Tuesday switching all the moisture back over to snow. And even colder air, much like Thanksgiving (20s), could be in store by Wednesday next week.
Still some changes are possible so stay with myself and Heidi Moore through the week and Kevin Jacobs this weekend for the very latest.
ENJOY the warmth tomorrow!
-Chief Meteorologist Brad Sugden
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