Clear and cold conditions tonight as high pressure takes over for a short period. Lows will be in the teens and 20s under clear skies and the winds will be rather light. Thursday will be on the cool side with highs only reaching the middle to upper 40s even with abundant sunshine to start. The skies will fill with clouds late in the day ahead of another round of rain expected Friday and Saturday.
The rain Friday will be very light and spotty therefore the main weather features will be a much warmer or milder temperature profile and the clouds. Friday is what I like to refer to as the set-up day as Saturday looks to bring us a chance for a bit more widespread or robust rain.
The region is very dry and sections of our SE Piedmont counties are under the severe drought category so any rain is good rain. The song has been played before as there seems to be a decent line of robust rain heading our way, only to get scoured out by the mountains. This may be the case once again as the previous model runs have been advertising some decent rainfall amounts, but as we get closer to the event they taper down to showers. Temps will be milder on Friday as the mercury reaches the 60s once again.
That being said, I am sticking with the widespread rain forecast for now even as the models reduce the amount of water that will make it to the ground. There are even some thoughts that if we do get some robust rain, we may even hear the rumble of thunder. That is just something I will mention and not put in the official forecast just yet.
The rain is associated with a cold front that will push through late Saturday but ahead of the front is a very mild pocket of air. This will allow temps to reach the 70s once again so our teeter-totter temperature ride continues. Brisk winds will develop behind the front overnight into Sunday, but for now, Sunday looks to be quiet and mild with highs dropping back to normal levels, the low 50s.