Low clouds cleared out early today, but the mid and high level clouds are still with us, and will remain overnight, through our Wednesday, and even into Thursday as stubborn southwesterly flow between 10 and 18,000 feet keeps pumping moisture overhead in the form of cloud cover. The clouds will keep temperatures in the upper 30s to near 40 by midnight for a chilly ringing in of the New Year.
These clouds will develop rain showers late in our New Year's Day into Thursday as a surface area of low pressure develops and moves to our east. Rain will exit Thursday around midday with gradual clearing and temperatures dropping through the day leaving us with a cold but sunny Friday.
Sunshine remains in place for the first part of Saturday before clouds return ahead of our next system that will arrive on Sunday and bring us rain showers. This system will exit Monday, and in its wake, will bring some of, if not, the coldest air of the season to date.
The big question in the forecast is how cold we get for Tuesday and Wednesday (obviously still outside the 7 day) of next week. Right now, it appears we will get a nice cold blast that could keep highs in the 30s and lows in the teens for Tuesday with warming starting on Wednesday, but we have the potential to get colder than that. For now, I am going to go the conservative route as there plenty of time until then and plenty of questions, but be prepared for some very cold air for the middle of next week.