Rain rolls back in

Good Friday to one and all. It’s a very wet start to the first weekend of the new year, but things will get MUCH better over the next few days. This includes some sun and milder temps. In the longer range, there are growing signs of a big pattern change as we head toward the middle of the month.

In the short-term, rain is the issue of the day. Locally heavy downpours may even cause a few issues for some. Here are your tracking tools for the day:

Can we get a touch of winter weather out of this system? There’s a slight chance for some sleet on the leading edge of the rain early today, then the chance for a few snowflakes under the core of the upper low tonight. That’s now showing up on the NAM:

That system quickly leaves us alone Saturday morning with much better weather moving in this weekend. A mix of sun and clouds will be noted Saturday with highs in the 40s for many, with 50 in the west. Sunday looks even better as temps hit the 50s under a partly to mostly sunny sky.

The next system comes from the northern stream on Monday and early Tuesday. That’s a cold front that delivers gusty showers and a shot of chill.

Temps rebound and turn mild for the second half of next week, but bigger changes continue to show up by next weekend. The European Model is REALLY changing the entire pattern during this time. Check out the cold and snow potential on the model run:

To illustrate the pattern change showing up on the European, look at the direct discharge of arctic air into the country:

Hang in there, winter weather lovers. Make it a great Friday and take care.

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