Late Saturday PM December 3rd Update – An Early Taste of Winter on the Horizon

Good late Saturday evening, everyone. I’m still in the office for a little catching up on a few things while I have Andy Griffith streaming on my phone. Fans of the show have their favorite episodes, and the same applies to me! I like the pickle episode, the episode where Barney tries to sing in the choir, the episode where Gomer makes the citizen’s arrest and the episode where Aunt Bee tries to store a whole side of beef in the dying freezer. There are other episodes I’m sure I missed, but you came here for the latest on the week ahead in weather.

It was cloudy for a good portion of the day with the rain right behind it for the afternoon. We’ll keep the rain chances going tonight on the radar below…

The rain chances that we had today and will continue to see tonight is all due to the upper level wave well to our southwest. It may be a good distance away, but that continues to send impulses our way to keep rain chances in the cards here…

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We’ll eventually say good bye to that upper level system, but then our attention will focus on an impressive feature to our northwest. Note the cold front on the map below…

arcticfront

Before that front gets here, we need to get these rain chances through first. We’ll continue with on and off light showers overnight and into Sunday morning. Otherwise, it’ll be cloudy with temperatures holding near 40°…

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By mid-morning, we’ll start a quick break in between rain chances. We’ll hold on to some cloud cover through Sunday afternoon. If you see more sunshine, that may be enough to bump some highs over 50°. For most spots, I expect highs to top out around 49°…

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We do bring another round of rain for Monday afternoon as skies stay mostly cloudy. You can see below that we’ll try to get highs on Monday around 51° before our cold front northwest of us works in. It’s a potent front, too. After it passes through Tuesday, we’ll get a good blast of Arctic air to make it feel like winter around here…

arcticblast

Since it’ll definitely be cold enough on Wednesday with another weak wave wanting to pass through, we may see a shot of snow for Wednesday. Now, before you kids get too excited, it doesn’t look like a big snow event. You can see for yourself below with the GFS showing how 6 PM Wednesday could look…

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Even though it may not be a big snow, it certainly has me a bit excited. We’ll continue to keep an eye on that setup as we go through the next few days and make any necessary adjustments. As usual, we have Doug’s long-range forecast below. If you want his thoughts about the pattern and how the next few months look, head on over to headypattern.com

Have a good night and a great Sunday!

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

Next Week:  Cool with rain and even snow chances from Monday through Thursday with two systems working through.  Cold temperatures stick around into the weekend.

December 18th-Christmas Eve:  Mild temperatures return this week with rain chances by Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.

December 26th-New Years Eve:  A mild start to the week with rain and snow chances on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Cold and dry the rest of the week.

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