Ending the 2018 With Wind and Rain

Posted at 7:33 AM, Dec 30, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-30 07:51:27-05

We’re tracking a calm and quiet end of the weekend. Well, mostly. A few light drizzle showers are falling, but other than that conditions remain dry. Today will be chilly with cloud coverage. A few bits of sun are possible, but we should keep a majority of clouds. Conditions change rapidly starting tonight.

As the sun goes down, the little bit of sunshine we do get will be covered quickly. Showers will move in shortly after midnight as a warm front lifts north. Pockets of heavy rain mixed into widespread light showers will blanket the region Monday morning. A brief break from most showers will arrive after the front passes midday. Clouds will hang tough. A second round of precipitation will slide in with a cold front on Monday evening. This will bring the best chance for damaging wind gusts. Main sustained winds will ramp up to 10-25 mph out of the south. Gusts could get as high as 30-50 at times. A wind advisory issued by the NWS would not be a surprise for tomorrow. Thunderstorm winds could be a little higher. Difficult driving conditions will be present, especially Monday afternoon. West-east oriented highways will be most susceptible to the strong winds. Rain and storms wrap up overnight into the first day of 2019.