Cold and windy starts 2020

Warmer with rain for late-week
Posted at 5:01 PM, Dec 31, 2019
and last updated 2019-12-31 17:01:40-05

Temperatures are cold today with cloud coverage and a brisk southwest wind. Temperatures are running in the 30s and 40s but feel like freezing thanks to the west-southwest wind as high as 15 mph and gusts with gusts that have reached the 40-mph range in places. As we ring in the new year, the active weather pattern continues.

We’ve been cloudy today, but dry. That lack of rain is the result of higher pressure, despite the deck of clouds sitting overhead. We will end the year with just over 56” of precipitation. Which puts 2019 as the 16th wettest on record. We will not start 2020 off with any precipitation, but instead with sunshine and a warming trend. At the stroke of midnight, temperatures will be in the middle 30s with a stout southwesterly wind still cranking with 35 mph gusts possible. Be cautious with fireworks in the wind. If heading out for festivities, dress warmly. We will stay chilly for the first day of the new decade. As we approach Thursday, two storm systems will merge to bring in a good dosage of the wet stuff. Heavy rain for the end of the week, may transition over to a little snow by the end of Saturday as the cold air behind storm #2 pours in. Next week starts with some sunshine, but another system looks to bring rain and snow back into the conversation.