Moderating temperatures this weekend, Rain chances return to begin the week

This will be our last really cold morning for a few days at minimum, with moderating temperatures starting today.  Afternoon highs will reach the mid to upper 50s with mostly sunny skies during the morning but clouds increasing during the afternoon.  A good bit more of the same is expected for Sunday, but more in the way of clouds, and we can’t completely rule out a stray shower or two, but most folks across our area will stay dry.  Even warmer weather is in store for Monday, with afternoon highs in the mid to maybe upper 60s.

Things change by Monday night and Tuesday as the next big weather system approaches from the west.  Moisture will be increasing through the day on southerly winds, and by evening shower chances will be on the increase as well.  Showers and thunderstorms become likely after midnight into at least the first half of Tuesday as the cold front gets closer.  Fortunately, it looks like the necessary ingredients for a severe weather threat will not be in place this time.

Widespread rain ends Tuesday night, but a few rounds of lingering showers will be possible both Wednesday and Thursday as smaller disturbances move through after the cold front passes.  The bigger story for the second half of the new work week will be cooler temperatures again as an arctic high pressure area from Alaska moves southward and parks itself over the Ohio Valley area for a few days.  Highs drop back into the 40s, and overnight lows drop back into the upper 20s to lower 30s.  It’s possible some of these temperatures may have to be nudged downward in future forecast updates.