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Douglass Harlow's Outlook
from the Storm Team Weather Center

Warm, Dry Weather Starts the Week...But (Needed) Rain Looms

Douglass Harlow What a weekend! Easter Sunday was as good as it gets with lots of sun, low humidity and temperatures in the 70s. The only downside is that it was the 5th straight day with no rain...so brush fires have been cropping up again. Other than that, though, we were in great shape...and should stay that way today. We're off to another clear, cool start with sheltered valleys hovering near 40 degrees at sunrise. An approaching cold front will spread some high clouds in here during the afternoon, enough to change our sky from bright blue to hazy white....but other than that it looks to be a nice start to the week. Southwest winds will help push temperatures up to at least about 80 degrees...so it will remain more like May outside than April.

We're running about a half to 1" below normal in the rain department for this month of April...not a critical shortage but we could use some wet weather....and it's coming late tonight. Clouds will thicken this evening ahead of a cold front, with temperatures falling into the 50s overnight. Showers will break out late tonight from west to east and some rumbles of thunder are possible by dawn. Since we haven't had rain since last Tuesday (actually it was snow that fell!) be careful on the roads...they'll be wet and slick. Showers will continue through midday when the actualy front passes, then winds will turn westerly, rain will end and skies will clear by the middle to late afternoon. Temperatures will make a push to near 70 and by the time folks are heading home from work and school the weather should be pretty nice.

Cooler air following that front will settle in by Wednesday. We'll see a mix of sun and clouds and a high closer to 60 degrees...a bit cool but not bad for this time of year. Temperatures will fall into the 30s Wednesday night and there could be some frost to contend with but an approaching warm front may spread enough clouds in here to avoid that. We'll keep you updated.

That front will lift to our north Thursday morning and temperatures will surge again behind it, going from the 30s to the 70s in just a few hours. We'll see a high of 78 Thursday afternoon with dry weather.

Another front will push in Thursday night with a few showers but those should taper off pretty quickly early Friday. Most of Friday looks dry with sunshine and a high of 78 again in the afternoon.
--Douglass Harlow
Storm Team Meteorologist
Updated: Apr. 21, 2014 7:54 AM EDT

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