Rain and breezy for New Year’s Eve

While temperatures on Monday will soar to the upper 50s moisture will spread into the region early in the morning. Rain will likely overspread the Valley anytime after 8:00/9:00 am. Moderate rainfall will be possible through the bulk of the day. Southeast winds will be brisk as well with gusts reaching 20/25 mph at times.

SIMULATED RADAR from the hi-res 3km NAM (North American Model) for 8:00 AM New Year’s Eve. Other high-resolution models also depict rain overspreading the area, although timing is a little later in the morning.

There may be a brief interlude in the steady rain in the afternoon but rain will return late in the day as a cold front approaches. South winds will pick up ahead and along the front becoming 15/20 mph with occasional gusts 35/40 mph.

The good news in all of this is drier air will rush in behind Monday night’s front, effectively bringing an end to the steadiest rain by New Year’s morning. The remainder of New Year’s Day will be characterized by clouds, spotty showers, and breezy winds. After a warm New¬†Year’s Eve night, temperatures will fall off to the low 40s and remain fairly steady.

A second reinforcing cold front will cross the region Tuesday night keeping the odds for spotty rain shower overnight into early Wednesday. About 3/4″ to 1.5″ is expected through the period.

We should start to dry out Wednesday afternoon. Dry conditions and seasonal temperatures will continue through Friday.

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