Monday, December 3 Afternoon Forecast Discussion

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A beautiful day for us today, just like this weekend, but cooler as temperatures have been in the 60s compared to the 70s and 80s. Cold air continues to flow into the northwest thanks to strong winds, and winds will stay up tonight and tomorrow to knock off about five degrees for our wind chill. We should stay above freezing tonight, but a few northern, colder spots could touch 32 tonight.

Temperatures for Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon will struggle to 50 thanks to the cold air in place. Lows Wednesday and Thursday will drop below freezing, with the coldest morning Wednesday morning when we wake up in the 20s.

Temperatures will moderate a bit on Thursday as a weak ridge of high pressure builds over the area in response to a trough arriving on the west coast. Clouds will start to return Thursday as moisture does with clouds increasing through the day on Friday in advance of our next system.

Our next system looks to be a strong one as it arrives Friday night into Saturday. Rain will arrive after sunset on Friday and could last through Sunday with a few leftover showers tied to the upper level low. Rain will be with us throughout the day on Saturday with one to two inches likely with locally higher amounts. Hopefully you don't have any outdoor plans on Saturday, and if you do, you should start planning indoor alternatives. Despite what will likely be some growing rumors on social media, wintry precipitation looks unlikely at this point, but we will keep an eye on timing of cold air and any lingering precipitation.

We see a stronger cool down heading into next week as highs drop into the 40s Sunday and Monday and lows head back towards freezing.