Cloudy and cold but quiet today. Rain returns Wednesday and more cold weather after.
Cloudy, dreary weather is locked in across the area today underneath the departing upper-level low that brought our mix of rain, snow, and mess to the area on Sunday. Temperatures are in the low to mid 30s as of the mid to late morning, and with the northerly winds and clouds around, we don't expect temperatures to move a whole lot today.
Highs today look to climb into the mid to maybe upper 30s this afternoon, and we may squeeze near 40 in a few spots if we see a short peak of sun or two. Going into the evening and overnight, clouds begin to clear out, and this means temperatures will be able to efficiently drop into the low to mid 20s by daybreak. The good news is, as we head into Tuesday, we get a southerly wind... and combining that with sunny skies... we look to get well up into the 40s and maybe even lower 50s here and there. That will expedite melting on any of the remaining back roads and secondary highways that may still be a problem today.
Our next chance of rain arrives Wednesday, especially midday into the afternoon and evening, as the next front moves through. Before that, we look to get well into the mid 50s. There is a slight chance that as the rain ends during the evening, colder air moves in fast enough to briefly change the departing rain showers over to flurries or a light wintry mix. HOWEVER, this is one of those setups where the cold air is chasing the moisture, and these almost never result in any significant wintry weather. It's just enough of a concern that we can't completely ignore it, but as of now, we see no reason to expect any significant impacts to our area. Clouds begin to break up as we head into Thursday, but much colder weather moves back in with daytime highs Thursday and Friday only in the lower 30s and overnight lows dropping back into the teens and lower 20s. In fact, we look to stay on the chilly side heading all the way into the weekend. There has been some on-again/off-again hinting at another potential wintry system toward the end of the week and the weekend, but the signals have been really inconsistent, and the latest model data has trended weaker and much farther south with that system. So, as of how it looks right now, we don't see any reason to be concerned for our area.