Freeze Wed Night; Frost Thur Night
Good morning folks! We'll warmup nicely today as temps push into the upper 60's - low 70's across the lower elevations under sunny skies. Fair weather rolls into Tuesday and temps climb a few degrees higher than today, with high clouds pushing into the area as we approach sunset. A cold front will cross the region early Wednesday morning and as it approaches the region closer to midnight, showers will break out across the region, winding down by the mid morning hours on Wednesday. This cold front will pack a punch with strong wind speeds around 15 - 20mph throughout the day on Wednesday and even though sunshine returns later in the day, temps will be noticeably cooler, only hitting the upper 50's across the valleys. High pressure migrates across the area Wednesday night, putting an end to breezy conditions but we'll trade that for cold temps as they plummet into the 20's and 30's overnight, allowing a regionwide freeze/frost to form by sunrise. Thursday and Friday slowly moderate temps but another round of frost is likely Thursday night. A second cold front and associated low pressure system will push moisture into the region, setting the stage for a healthy round of rain Saturday into Sunday. This second shot of rain is not set in stone and timing will change, but the trend continues to hold for our region to pick up anywhere from 0.75 - 1.5" of rain this weekend.
A fairly nice spring day is on tap as we start the work and school week, with temps pushing into the upper 60's - low 70's across the region, alongside westerly winds around 5 - 15mph. Temps bottom out to the mid 30's - low 40's tonight and an elevation dependent patchy frost is possible for those who live above 4000'; all under mostly clear skies.
Tuesday raises the thermostat a touch, pushing temps into the mid 70's for the valleys and we'll enjoy plenty of sunshine before clouds build across the region closer to sunset. Isolated, light showers will dot the landscape overnight into Wednesday morning and only a tenth of an inch is expected regionwide, which isn't enough to even knock down pollen levels or clean the vehicle. Temps dip to the upper 30's - mid 40's overnight into Wednesday and will only rebound to the mid 40's - upper 50's Wednesday afternoon. Strong westerly winds will make up most of the action on Wednesday, with wind speeds around 10 - 20mph, gusting to 35mph at times. High pressure will soon take over and wind speeds will calm down to a light breeze after sunset, just in time to allow temps to dip into the low - upper 20's across most of the region, with a few pockets of low 30's in the warmer spots; a freeze and frost combo is likely.
Thursday remains chilly but at least we'll have sunny skies as temps climb to the upper 40's - low 60's, with overnight lows dipping to the mid 20's - low 30's under clear skies; another round of frost is likely.
Friday will be a touch warmer than Thursday as temps hit the upper 60's in the valleys under sunny skies. Clouds fill in overnight and rain is on tap for Saturday, with most of the action occurring later in the day, extending into Sunday morning. We'll stop here and circle back on Wednesday with more details for the weekend rain event, but if you have outdoor plans this weekend, perhaps starting making alternate plans.