Things are running smoothly this morning, despite a shield of light drizzle that is passing. Temperatures are well into the 50s for most keeping snow out of the conversation for now. This 10 to nearly 30 degree warm up from yesterday morning will be a nice feeling to start the day, but in winter, warm is usually a sign of incoming cold.
Rain showers will pick up through the middle of the day thanks to the passing cold front. With the rain showers will come the wind. Sustained wind speeds will run in the 10-25 mph range with gusts as high as 40 mph possible mainly out of the southwest. With this in mind, Christmas decoration that are not secure may wind up in a neighbor’s yard or down the street (I’m thinking of those inflatables). A secure tie down will make sure you keep your decorations for another year. Rain showers taper through the later part of the day with the main swath exiting overnight and the last bits out of the eastern counties early tomorrow morning. With temperatures remaining above freezing Sunday morning, rain will be the only form of precipitation with this first front. Sunday will be a cloudy and cool break from precipitation. A quick-moving low south of the forecast area will clip us and bring a fast shot of mostly rain Monday morning. Temperatures will cool slightly behind the system meaning that a few rain showers may display a wintry mix later in the morning on Monday. Air surface and pavement temperatures will remain above freezing, which means accumulation is not expected; save for a dusting in a few grassy areas or on high terrain spots. Whatever collects will likely melt later Monday as temperatures warm into the low 40s. Active weather continues through the middle of the week and with temperatures running closer to freezing, the snow chance gets slightly higher.