Rain returns on Friday

Good Thursday, everyone. It’s another beautiful day in the neighborhood, but that’s about to change. A light rain maker rolls in here on Friday, but it’s a system early next week that will get much of the attention. That one will bring one heck of a temp drop and the potential for rain and snow.

Temps today are back into the upper 40s to low 50s with a mix of sun and clouds. Clouds will increase tonight ahead of the next system.

As we get closer to Friday, the uglier things are looking. Rain will overspread the state and that will make for some nasty conditions. Rain totals are increasing and could approach a half inch in some areas:

Saturday starts in the 20s and ends in the 40s with a mostly sunny sky. Clouds will then increase on Sunday and we could see a shower or two by evening.

The system moving in here early next week looks like a wild one. Rain, gusty winds, some thunder, temps near 60, a major temp crash, lows in the teens with some snows.

The GFS seems to have the best grasp of this system:

The European Model is likely dragging it’s feet too much with the initial system, but shows the major arctic blast well. It also shows another system right behind it and taking a southern route:

The overall pattern continues to be skewed colder than normal across much of the country. That’s been the trend since late October and it shows no signs of letting up. Look at the temp departures from the GFS Ensembles through December 20th:

Have a terrific Thursday and take care.

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