Saturday PM December 19th Update

Good Saturday evening, folks. It was another nice day across the area thanks to mostly sunny skies and a good southerly breeze to warm us up. After we started cold between the upper 20s and lower 30s this morning, we saw afternoon highs climb between the upper 50s and the lower 60s. We’ll go a little cooler for Sunday thanks to the clouds and the rain chances ahead of our next system. As of Saturday night, we’re quiet on the radar below…

Two factors will contribute to rain chances as we head into late Sunday and early Monday morning. One is an upper level system sitting out in California and Nevada tonight…

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and the other system at the surface is a cold front that’s stretching from the northern Rockies into southern California…

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These two systems will work together to give us scattered showers to wrap up our weekend. To start our Sunday morning, we’re cloudy and breezy with a south wind gusting near 30 at times. We will be dry to start the day with lows starting in the lower to middle 40s. We stay mostly cloudy through our Sunday and we’ll hold off on the chance for scattered showers until after 3 PM. Despite the clouds and the rain chances, the wind will still be out of the south between 15-25 mph (gusts near 35 at times). That should allow highs Sunday afternoon to top out in the middle 50s…

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Our rain chances become a little more widespread as the cold front pushes in as we go into Sunday night and Monday morning. It’s not looking like a big soaker and the rain chances will be working out of here as the front sweeps through Monday morning…

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Behind the front, we’ll eventually turn partly sunny Monday afternoon. Couple that with a northwest breeze and we’ll be a little cooler with afternoon highs Monday in the lower to middle 50s…

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Tuesday looks quiet and we’ll have another shot for a few showers Wednesday as a fast moving wave races through. Christmas Eve looks quiet with partly sunny skies and chilly with highs near 52°. Another system will start working in late on Christmas Day, but that may give us a few showers late on Christmas Day. We’ll hold off on better, widespread rain chances as we go into the weekend after Christmas. With the system the weekend after Christmas, we still need to keep an eye on it. If cold air can work in on that Sunday and following Monday, some snow chances could sneak in as well.

Of course you can get all of Doug’s long range thoughts on headypattern.com

Nick

LONG RANGE FORECAST IS BELOW BASED OFF THE HEADY PATTERN:

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LONG RANGE FORECAST: Based off of the HP(Heady Pattern)

SLIGHT CHANCES:  MEAN IT IS A WEAKER SYSTEM THAT WILL GIVE US SCATTERED SHOWERS OR SNOW SHOWERS. 

IF I DON’T SAY SLIGHT:  THAT MEANS THIS IS A STRONGER SYSTEM THAT WILL GIVE US MUCH BETTER PRECIPITATION CHANCES

Next Saturday:  Partly sunny and chilly.

December 27th-January 2nd:

Rain and snow chances to start the week.  By the middle of the week we will dry out and warm up a bit to start the new year.

Jan 3rd-9th:

Mild with rain and some snow chances early in the week.  Colder temperatures work in for the middle of the week and stick around through the second half of the week.

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