WEATHER NOW: Weekend Rain Showers with a Strong Cold Front Next Week

Forecast

TONIGHT:

Tonight low pressure will set in and bring scattered showers late tonight. Temperatures will be more seasonable tonight dropping to the low 40s with calm winds.

THIS WEEKEND:

Rain showers will be scattered to numerous into early Saturday morning, but more isolated to widely scattered Saturday, particularly in the afternoon. More isolated showers are expected Sunday. It doesn’t look like a wash-out weekend, but be prepared if you have outdoor plans to duck inside for a bit.

NEXT WEEK:

A strong cold front is on the way on Monday Night into Tuesday. It will bring a sharp drop in temperatures. Tuesday’s high likely occurs in the early morning hours, while the afternoon may keep temperatures only in the upper 30s and low 40s. We think there’s enough on the table to call for some rain showers and even a mixture to snow for some.

We’ll have to watch the timing of the cold front closely. Cold air is on the way regardless, but the timing would affect where we’ll see snow chances to be the highest. We also expect that warm ground temperatures will more than likely eat away at snow and help it melt if it falls, limiting how much could stick. However, some rising motion aloft could allow for higher snowfall rates which could overcompensate for ground temperatures a bit.

We’re currently thinking the best opportunity for a mixture of snow will be Tuesday Afternoon into Tuesday Night. We’ll watch closely though, as the system timing could shift this around. Just count on Tuesday to be a raw and gross winter day in the region.

By Thursday, we’ll be warming back up and dry behind the quick blast of cold air.

DROUGHT MONITOR:

The Drought Monitor has seen some more reductions across the region, but dry areas remain in the northeast corner of the viewing area. We don’t have a lot of rain on the way, just limited moisture in the form of some light isolated showers Saturday.

LONG-TERM FORECAST:

Our 8-14 day outlook is starting to trend less cold and less dry, but still leans in that pattern. We think the end of the month into May will begin to trend more active.

– Meteorologist Jacob Dickey

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