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Rain chances will start to pick up Wednesday – Nick

Good early Wednesday morning, everyone. We had a quiet start to the work and school week across the area. Not only that, Mother Nature kept the warm temperatures in place that we had to wrap up the past weekend. After seeing highs in the upper 80s on Monday, we had lows drop into the lower to middle 60s Tuesday morning. With partly to mostly sunny skies and a light breeze, we didn’t have any problems going back into the middle 80s for highs yesterday afternoon.

With Mother Nature ready to change things up, let’s break down the weather setup. Even though we don’t see any big features impacting us directly at the surface, we still have a southerly breeze in place. Plus, the cold front working across the Rockies will come into play as we head closer to the weekend.

Upstairs at the jet stream level, we’re pretty much ready to say goodbye to the ridge that kept us quite warm to start the week out. The upper-level low working out of Colorado is ready to bring cloud cover and rain chances our way for today.

With the upper-level wave coming into play, it’ll bring in partly cloudy skies to start the morning drive to work and school out. Not only that, you can see how the Future Track is suggesting that the wave could fire up a few showers as we get the day started. With that in mind, it wouldn’t hurt to have the umbrella handy as lows start out in the upper 60s.

As the wave continues to pass by and pull in more moisture, we’ll have that result in scattered showers and t-storms picking up in coverage as we go throughout the day. There will be pockets of dry time, though. That will allow temperatures to climb into the upper 70s by the noon hour and into the lower to middle 80s for the afternoon.

As for this evening, we’ll keep a chance for scattered rain and t-storms in place before we see some dry time for Thursday morning. Once we have that drop us back into the upper 60s, we’ll have scattered showers and t-storms return for Thursday under partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies. That should only allow highs to climb up near 80 for the afternoon.

As for the weekend, the main story will be rain chances sticking around. With another wave developing in the Desert Southwest and the cold front to the west both heading our way, plan on mostly cloudy skies and periods of rain and t-storms for Friday. That will make it feel more like fall, though, with highs only topping out in the upper 70s.

Even though the second upper-level low will lift to our north through Saturday and Sunday, it will still close to the region. Not only that, the front isn’t expected to push away to the southeast of the region until we get into late Sunday. You can see on the Future Track below how that will result in continued rain and t-storm chances for both days as highs will only top out in the upper 70s.

Once we get into Sunday night and Monday, the front will push to the southeast. That will bring a temporary end to the rain chances as we head into early next week. In terms of how much rain we could see overall, the average amounts could range between half an inch and 1.7″ across much of the area. However, any heavier pockets of rain could lead to locally higher amounts. We’ll dry out with partly sunny skies and highs in the middle 70s for Monday before some slight rain chances want to return by next Tuesday.

Have a great Wednesday!

Nick

 

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