Wednesday, January 3 Afternoon Forecast Discussion

After some clouds this morning, full sunshine has returned with clear skies remaining with us to start the first weekend of 2018. Temperatures today have climbed into the lower 40s thanks to additional sunshine despite the arctic air mass still clinging to the region. Our rapid warming today has caused me to believe that the coldest afternoons, after tomorrow, should now be behind us. We should make it to 40 and warmer each day through Saturday, so I have bumped highs up a couple degrees each day until Sunday where the going forecast remains.

Lows, however, will still be quite cold as we drop to near 20 tonight with some of us reaching the upper 10s by sunrise. We will keep lows below freezing until Sunday morning as the cold, arctic air is most felt overnight.

Sunday will see increasing clouds and moisture as our first rain maker of the new year arrives. This system will allow highs to climb into the 50s for Sunday and Monday. Rain showers will arrive late Sunday, most likely after sunset, and last until mid afternoon at the latest on Monday. Rainfall amounts could push one inch before we dry out late Monday.

There is no indication that another cold snap follows this front as we should be able to keep the coldest air to our north as we see a split in the jet stream over us. This will keep highs seasonal to above average to close our next week. Another rain maker looks to arrive next Friday.