Posted Thursday AM, April 29, 2021
Short and sweet forecast today. Showers and embedded thunderstorms will pretty much be with us all day as a cold front slides south through the region. There is a very small chance that a thunderstorm this afternoon and evening could get feisty and produce strong wind gusts. The setup for severe weather locally isn’t all that impressive, though.
It will be a muggy day. Dew points locally this morning are in the mid-60s and they will stay in this range until that cold front sinks south late this afternoon. Dryer air will flow in behind the front and those higher dew points will decrease overnight. Chances for rain will also decrease as we go through the overnight.
Expect winds to increase and become gusty this afternoon. Southwest winds will ramp up 15 to 20 mph with gusts around 30 mph. The wind will subside some tonight then pick back up again on Friday.
All totaled we should see a decent amount of rain today and tonight. Most locations should see around an inch or so of needed rainfall.
Friday will bring an improving weather trend through the day as high pressure moves east into the area. It will feel quite different tomorrow – temperatures will be cooler and it will be much less humid with dew points dropping into the 30s.
GARDENERS: We will need to pay attention to temperatures Friday night through Saturday morning. Temperatures across the area will dip to the mid-30s by early Saturday morning. Frost is possible.
An upper-level ridge of high pressure should bring us a pleasant and dry spring weekend. Temperatures will generally warm to the mid-60s on Saturday. Expect highs in the mid-70s on Sunday.
Clouds will gradually increase on Sunday ahead of the next weather system that will bring periodic showers to the Valley through mid-week next week.