Cold front tomorrow, chance for rain at end of the week

Reported by: Rudy Pearce
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Updated: 12/18/2013 8:06 pm
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Once again most of us started off the day with freezing temperatures and then quickly warmed to well above average temperatures this afternoon. While high clouds filtered out some of the sunlight, breezy southwest winds help pump in warmer and drier air. Below is a look at some of our morning lows and afternoon highs from today.


Clouds will continue to increase tonight and we will hold a steady south/southwest breeze which will keep most of us from freezing tomorrow morning. After starting off in the mid 30s we will warm into the 70s aided by a west/southwest wind around 15-25mph. A cold front will move in late tomorrow night and stall across the area Friday morning. This front will eventually wash out with colder air moving in across the entire region keeping us in the 40s and 50s through the weekend.
A low pressure system will move onto the west coast tomorrow and move overhead at the end of the week. This system will produce a decent chance for rain for us on Friday and Saturday with a chance for severe storms for the eastern half of the state this weekend. The past couple of days it looked like we could see a brief transition to snow late Saturday but now it looks like all the precipitation will be east of us by then so we will just be dealing with rain. We could start to see some rain Friday afternoon, but the best chance for widespread rainfall will be late Friday into early Saturday with all rain tapering off late Saturday. With the amount of moisture moving in ahead of this system and its strength, it is starting to look like we could see quite a bit of rain. Below is a rainfall forecast for Friday night through Saturday night put together by the Weather Prediction Center, a branch of NOAA, which shows area wide 1 inch of rain possible with over 1.5 inches in isolated spots.

Of course with this storm system not even being over land yet, our forecast could change some over the next couple of days so stay tuned! The weekend storm system aside, for those of you looking ahead to next week and the Christmas Eve/Christmas forecast it looks like the weather will be quiet with morning lows in the upper 20s/lower 30s and afternoon highs in the 50s. There are signs that a cold front will move through sometime around Christmas day, but right now it does not look like anything major.

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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