The last week of 2021 will be defined as warmer than normal and rainy. There will be a series of rain shower events that will nibble away at the dry and mild pattern that has been set up in the region. The rain will once again be mainly north and west of the viewing area to start the week, but overtake the Commonwealth by Wednesday and Thursday.
The rain will be light and spotty on Tuesday, with mainly a good deal of cloud cover. As we head into the middle of the week there will be a much better chance for beneficial widespread rain.
High temperatures this week will return to the “well above” range after a slightly cooler day on Monday. Highs are slated to spike into the 70s on Wednesday, which may be tough given the rain chances on the way. If the rain arrives late in the day, we may just get to the 70s east of the Foothills. Temps stay in the 60s through the week and then return to normal by next week. Normal for early January would be temps in the upper 40s.
As for the rain chances, the better chance for widespread, beneficial rain will be on Thursday. As the week progresses the chances for rain increase in coverage of the region. We seem to get a small break on Friday, then more rain will arrive over the weekend. New Year’s Day and the day following will be our best chance to dent the drought.
With the temperature drop on Saturday night into Sunday, there may be some snow and possibly sleet mix in with the rain Sunday morning.