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Posted at 05:00 AM ET, 11/22/2011

Forecast: Two more days of rain; nicer weather for Thanksgiving

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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Rain likely. 54-59. | Tonight: More rain/drizzle. 52-57. | Tomorrow: Rain continues; some p.m. clearing. 60-65. | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

Well, the good news is that Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and even Saturday look really nice around these parts. The bad news is that we have to slog our way through a soggy today and part of Wednesday to get there. The chances for heaviest downpours in this pattern appear to be this afternoon as the warm front lifts north through the region and the first half of Wednesday when the cold front sweeps through. Thanksgiving is cooler and breezy, but Friday should see us bounce back into the nice 60s with lots of sunshine.


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Today (Tuesday): Dreary day part two as clouds dominate and rains pick up over the course of the day (some drizzle at times). Afternoon rains may be briefly moderate or heavy with daily rain totals by evening in the .25” to .75” range. Probability of precpitation is near 100%. Cooler temperatures with mid-to-upper 50s for highs due to cool winds from the east. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: More clouds, rain, and drizzle at times with temperatures holding steady in the 50s. Towards morning, there’s a chance of heavier showers and even a thunderstorm. Winds are from the south and southwest at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High

Keep reading for the forecast through the weekend...

Tomorrow (Wednesday): A cold front should arrive in our area between the morning and early afternoon from west to east. Ahead of it, we should see more clouds, rains, and possibly some moderate or heavy downpours at times accompanied by thunder. Temperatures trend warmer due to winds from the southwest. Highs reach into the low-to-mid 60s. Variable clouds and maybe some sunny breaks in the afternoon behind the front as winds shift to coming from the northwest and pick up to 15-20 mph and gusty. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow night: Clearing skies, breezy, and cooler with lows from the low 40s to upper 40s (suburb-city). Confidence: Medium-High

A LOOK AHEAD

Thanksgiving Thursday will make us thankful for sunshine to dry us out. While breezy, temperatures should reach up to the mid-to-upper 50s so that it won’t be too bad to go outside and burn any calories before major meal consumption commences! Thanksgiving night turns colder with calmer winds and clear skies. Lows in the low 30s in the suburbs to low 40s in the city. Wear warm clothing if you plan to stand in line for midnight or early a.m. Black Friday specials. Confidence: Medium

Black Friday looks fantastic! Mostly sunny skies and highs in the warmer-than-normal low-to-mid 60s. Friday night is mostly clear with lows from the mid 30s to mid 40s. Confidence: Medium

The weekend starts off in grand fashion with mostly sunny skies and warmer conditions for Saturday. We’re looking for low-to-mid 60s again, which is just great for late November. By Saturday night, skies might become more partly cloudy with lows mainly in the 40s. Sunday is the tricky one as showers could arrive at some point during the day. The latest trends are to slow the next cold front down, so we might eke out a better day. Let’s go with a 40% chance of showers with partly to mostly cloudy skies and highs in the low 60s. Confidence: Low-Medium.

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