Friday is a cold, wet slap in the face!

UnitedCast: Chilly but dry

Today’s Daily Digit
 
A somewhat subjective rating of the
day’s weather, on a scale of 0 to 10.

 
This probably would have been a 10 a few weeks ago, but not quite warm enough now and a little too breezy.
 
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EXPRESS FORECAST

Today: Mostly sunny, breezy. 63-67. | Tonight: Clouds move in. 42-47. | Tomorrow: Cloudy, cold with PM rain. 49-53. | A Look Ahead | Get Express Forecast by E-mail

FORECAST IN DETAIL

By tomorrow, today will be a nice memory as Good Friday is not so good. A downright bone-numbing rain is slated for Friday afternoon. Fear not, as we are expecting that nasty cold front to go flying back to the north as a warm front on Saturday, probably giving us a delightful Easter Sunday. The warmth now looks like it might hold into early next week for a change.

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Today (Thursday): There will be little doubt that the cold front passed through the area today with winds from the northwest at 10-15 mph and temperatures only inching up. Still, 50s in the morning give way to 60s by afternoon. Despite a good deal of “puffy” clouds the sunshine wins out on average. Highs are mainly mid-60s. Confidence: High

Tonight: Today’s cold front is followed by a strong surge of cool Canadian air. Evening temperatures drop off fairly quickly from the 60s into the 50s. The breeze is only light from the northeast, making a light jacket sufficient. Clouds gradually sneak in as moist air from a storm to our west steadily pushes into the area. Lows sink to the low-to-mid 40s. Confidence: High

Keep reading for the forecast through Monday...

Tomorrow (Friday): This day goes downhill in a hurry. Thick clouds keep temperatures from doing any better than the lower 50s in the morning and then the rain arrives around midday (80% chance). That shaves off a few degrees and this is a see your breath kind of afternoon. Umbrellas fare well early on but winds from the east build to 10-15 mph by late afternoon. The rains are light but fairly steady with most amounts around a quarter of an inch (or even less) but still enough to get a little of the cloying pollen out of the air! Confidence: Medium

Tomorrow night: Showers may become less steady but are likely to keep umbrellas a necessary evil. Winds from the east remain brisk but a gradual shift to the southeast signals the beginning of the return of our front. Lows should hold in the mid-to-upper 40s. Confidence: Medium

A LOOK AHEAD

Saturday is a transition day. The front to the south of the area converts to a warm front and may set off some morning showers as it pushes north (40% chance). There is even the chance for a rumble of thunder as the warm air really arrives. Winds from the south at 10-15 mph are welcome and skies begin to break in the afternoon when temperatures really take off. Highs are likely to make the lower 70s, even mid-70s to the south. The evening readings remain mild in the 60s for all of you out and about. Lows should only fall to the upper 50s to lower 60s. Confidence: Medium

Easter Sunday should be a dandy for sunrise services with readings in the upper 50s to lower 60s and at least a come and go sun. The only thing that scares me about today is that our friendly front is still lingering just to the north and there is the possibility that it could slip back south. The worst case would be more clouds and about 10 degrees cooler. I would still bet that the warm air wins out. That should allow highs to surge into the upper 70s to lower 80s. In fact, it may be warm enough to melt some of those chocolate bunnies, so eat up! Clouds increase in the late afternoon and an evening when there may some showers (40% chance) but mild temps hang tough. Overnight lows slip to the mid-to-upper 50s. Confidence: Low-Medium

Monday is another beautiful summer-like day, if only it weren’t Monday! Azalea blooms will be bursting all over town. Mostly sunny skies allow temperatures to rise at least 10 degrees above normal with highs in the low-to-mid 80s. Confidence: Medium