Good afternoon folks! Thursday is shaping up to be a gorgeous day for early December as temps come close to the 60°F mark under another round of sunshine. The pattern changes Friday with a weak and light rain event closer to sunset, but this will move out quickly to allow a return of sunshine on Saturday. Clouds fill back in Sunday with more rain on the way Sunday night through Tuesday and as it stands now, the heaviest of the rain over the 2.5 day period will occur on Tuesday. Temps cool down a touch on Friday but essentially level out to near normal levels this weekend and we'll warm-up just a hair on Monday and Tuesday due to increasing southerly flow. All of the rain looks to move out by next Wednesday with a return to normal temps.
Temps Thursday reach the upper 50's - low 60's in the valleys under sunny skies and clouds will be slow to fill in across the region Thursday night, capping low temps to the low - upper 30's across the region. If you are heading up to or perhaps live/work above 5000', prep for strong westerly winds Thursday afternoon, gusting up to 30 - 40mph; winds calm down overnight into Friday.
Friday brings us cloudy skies and an afternoon high in the low 40's for the ridgelines, while the valleys enjoy normal temps in the low - mid 50's. Light and isolated showers dot the landscape during the mid afternoon hours but this will be short lived with all precip ending by the late evening hours; more of a nuisance than anything. Clouds clear out after midnight and temps dip to the mid - upper 30's across the region.
Saturday provides us with at least one sunny day this weekend, followed by increasing clouds early Sunday morning and light rain Sunday night. Temps reach the low 40's - mid 50's both days, although Sunday will be a degree or two cooler than Saturday but also feel colder due to cloudy skies sitting overhead.
Shower coverage becomes widespread early Monday and we'll endure a light, but widespread rain event all day, rolling into the overnight hours and continuing into Tuesday. A frontal passage occurs Tuesday, which will increase intensities and provide us with roughly 60 - 70% of the 2.5 day rainfall amounts in one afternoon. We'll have more details for this event in our next discussion will come out Friday late afternoon.