Cold and rainy tomorrow

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Updated: 12/19/2013 7:57 pm
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Temperatures warmed to just a few degrees shy of the daily record high today as we topped out in the mid 70s thanks to a breezy southwest wind. Below is a look at some of our morning lows and afternoon highs from today.


Today was the last warm day in awhile thanks to a cold front that will move through early tomorrow morning. Temperatures will be mild tomorrow morning starting off in the upper 30s and lower 40s but we will only warm about ten degrees, topping out in the upper 40s. Near average temperatures will be the trend for the next week with highs in the 40s and 50s.
The big story tomorrow will be the widespread rainfall we should see. It looks like everything will take place earlier than we expected over the past couple of days with rain entering the region from the southwest around Noon tomorrow, then spreading across most if not all of the area in the afternoon. Widespread rainfall will continue overnight into early Saturday morning, and during this timeframe is when we expect the heaviest rainfall to occur. Drier air will move in from the west on Saturday pushing out all the rain Saturday morning. Models continue to show a good soaking rain with area wide around an inch of rain possible with pockets of up to 1.5 inches. Below is a rainfall forecast produced by the Weather Prediction Center, a branch of NOAA, showing similar amounts.

This will mainly be a rain event for us, but if you are traveling west into New Mexico keep in mind that this system could produce quite a bit of snow across the Sacramento Mountains. A cold front will move through late Saturday and as this boundary interacts with all the moisture in place we could see some light snow across our northern counties, although the best chance for that looks to be held across the Texas Panhandle. Even if some of us were to see snow, accumulations will be light. The opposite is expected if you are traveling east where several severe thunderstorms could form across the eastern third of Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, western Tennessee and Alabama. This area is under the Storm Prediction Center’s Slight Risk for Severe Weather highlighted in the graphic below.

Next week will be quiet with near average temperatures. A weak cold front will move through on Christmas Day, but nothing major expected.

I hope you had great day! I will step you through the forecast tonight on the News at Nine and Matt will have a complete updated forecast for you tomorrow morning.
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