Rain will continue to fall across the area this evening. Fog is also likely to accompany the gloomy conditions. On the bright side, temperatures will be rising through the 50’s and remain mild part of the overnight but will fall sharply once a cold front crosses the area after midnight.
Thunderstorms may be possible with the passage of the front as well. Winds will surely become quite gusty and some isolated wind gusts could reach 45 to 50mph but generally they will be westerly 15-25mph with gusts 30 to 40mph. Some areas are approaching an inch of rain and we could pick up an additional .30” of an inch before it ends.
Cooler air wraps around the system, sharply changing our temperatures for the holiday. Actual highs will be just after midnight. Temperatures will fall quickly in the morning to the low 40s and only rebound in the afternoon to the mid and upper 40s.
Gusty winds will remain for much of the day. A few flurries in the higher elevations may be possible too. Clouds will mix with the sunshine for much of the day but we look to stay dry for the holiday.
High pressure builds in for Friday and Saturday. Shot of cooler air and windy conditions will be short lived. Sunshine returns and temperatures will be well above average near 50 or better. We’ll be watching our next frontal system which may arrive with rain showers as early as Sunday evening. An area of low pressure is forecast to develop along it for Monday but right now the models are not coming together with a consistent scenario. There is a chance for rain showers Monday changing to a mix then as colder air wraps in, there may be a period snow for Tuesday. Again, too early to pinpoint precipitation type or exact the track of the storm. Right now New Year’s Eve is looking mostly cloudy, cold and dry.
MaryEllen Pann, Chief Meteorologist
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