Rain returns today, bitter cold arrives next week

Happy Thursday! Temperatures are mainly in the mid-50s as you head out the door on your Thursday morning. Rain is likely today, but it will be more on and off in nature as opposed to a steady rainfall. Rain chances will continue into the overnight hours, but things will begin to quiet down after midnight. We'll see about 0.25-0.50 inches of rainfall when all said and done.

It will be much cooler on Friday, with highs only in the low-50s. By the time the football games begin Friday evening, temperatures will likely be in the 40s. Temperatures will drop to around the freezing mark by Saturday morning, so be sure to protect sensitive vegetation. Highs will be in the low-to-mid-60s with dry and sunny conditions on both Saturday and Sunday.

Another cold front will bring a chance of rain Monday afternoon through Tuesday morning. There is high confidence that a big cool-down will follow this frontal passage. What is a lot more uncertain is whether or not sleet will mix in at the back end of the precipitation shield Tuesday morning. Typically what happens with this set-up is the dry air makes it in before the temperatures drop far down enough to allow for wintry precipitation to develop. Models have been hinting that this will not be the case and the rain will actually briefly change over to sleet Tuesday morning. I am leaning towards a solution where we will avoid seeing sleet and so the precipitation will end before the bitterly cold air arrives. There is still a lot of uncertainty in this forecast so be sure to keep up with the latest on that.

Highs on Tuesday will only be in the upper-30s to low-40s and morning lows are expected to drop into the mid-20s by Wednesday morning. This will be pushing record cold for this time of year. Some models are warmer than others, so this temperatures forecast is still subject to change as we get closer to next week.