Thursday update with timing of rain moving in this evening

Although we may see a few occasional peaks of sun, the general trend through the day will be for increasing cloud cover in advance of rain moving in this evening. Other than a spotty shower in some areas, it should remain mostly dry. Temperatures will also increase to the low 50s today ahead of the rain.

The main slug of rain will push into the Valley anytime after 7:00/8:00 this evening. Rainfall overnight may be briefly heavy at times overnight. A dry slot will develop in the wee hours Friday morning that will bring an end to the widespread rain leaving us with a period of spotty showers into Friday morning. Temperatures will remain in the mid 40s tonight.

FutureCast radar through midnight:

It will turn breezy tonight as winds shift out of the south. Gusts may reach 20 mph at times overnight.

As gusty winds push warmer air in from the south on Friday, temperatures across the region will warm to the low 60s. Along with tomorrow’s warmth will come a touch of instability and the possibility for thunder in the afternoon as a cold front approaches. Once the front crosses Friday evening, colder air will flow in over the region Friday night effectively bring an end to any lingering showers and our brief warm spell.

Rain totals through Saturday morning will average around a half-inch to three-quarters of an inch.

High pressure will return for the weekend keeping us dry with a mix of sun and clouds. Temperatures, however, will be more in tune with late December. Highs will only reach the upper 30s with nighttime lows in the mid to upper 20s.

Temperatures will remain seasonal through New Year’s Day before winter cold arrives by mid week next week.



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