Friday’s First Warning Forecast: A soggy Sunday and a major cool down

Posted at 5:21 AM, Jan 18, 2019
and last updated 2019-01-18 11:41:34-05

Meteorologist Myles Henderson’s First Warning Forecast

Rain, snow, wind, and a major cool down this weekend… Expect a very nice end to the work week. We will see sunshine today with a few clouds mixing in and highs in the mid 50s, about 10 degrees warmer than yesterday.

Clouds will build in on Saturday with highs returning to the mid 50s. A few showers are possible during the day, but rain chances will go up after sunset. Expect widespread rain overnight into Sunday morning. Winds will begin to pick up Saturday, mainly SE at 10 to 15 mph.

Expect rain, strong winds, and falling temperatures on Sunday. We will see widespread rain Sunday morning, becoming more scattered by the afternoon. Temperatures will start in the mid 50s Sunday morning and fall into the 40s and 30s by the afternoon. Rain could switch to snow as this system exits Sunday afternoon to evening. Little to no snow accumulation is expected. Winds will turn from SW to NW and ramp up, 15 to 25 mph with gusts to 30+ mph. Wind gusts to 40 mph are possible Sunday night to Monday morning.

Temperatures will continue to fall to near 20 by Monday morning, but it will feel like the single digits with very strong NW winds. With the colder temperatures, any leftover rain from Sunday could freeze. Icy roads are a serious possibility Sunday night to Monday morning. Highs will only reach 30 Monday afternoon and the winds will make it feel more like the teens.

Today: Clearing Skies, Warmer. Highs in the mid 50s. Winds: SW/NW 5-10

Tonight: Partly Cloudy. Lows in the upper 30s. Winds: N/NE 5-10

Tomorrow: Clouds Building In, PM Showers. Highs in the mid 50s. Winds: E/SE 5-15

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