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Flood Watch: Very wet weekend ahead

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Get ready for a round of very wet weather! After several weeks of snow persistently on the ground, it looks like Mother Nature will take it all away just before Christmas!

The weather has already turned milder with high temperatures reaching the 50 degree mark this afternoon. Expect overnight lows to only dip down into the upper 30s for your Friday morning.

The wet pattern starts on Friday as early as your drive in to work. Scattered showers will be possible in the morning and the chance will persist throughout the day. The good news is that the rain will be light in nature and scattered meaning it will not rain all day. It will feel quite damp all day with the increasing moisture and cloudy skies. Highs on Friday will be a little warmer in the lower 50s.

The heavy rain will enter the picture early Saturday morning and persist most of the day. Highs will still warm into the lower 60s by the evening hours as warmer air is pulled up from the south. The heaviest rain will lift north after 7 p.m. Saturday allowing for a brief lull in the activity. A Flood Watch is in effect because anywhere between one and three inches of rain may fall on Saturday and early Sunday. This could cause localized flooding especially with area creeks and streams.

A cold front will surge into the region early Sunday morning bringing another good bet for heavy rain and even thunderstorms. The rain should wrap up by late morning leaving the rest of the day windy and dry. So your best time to get some holiday shopping done might be on Sunday so that those gifts do not get wet! Hold on to your hat though as wind gusts could top 40 mph. In addition to that, the temperature will drop rapidly into the 40s by the late afternoon.

Colder weather returns for Christmas week but unfortunately a white Christmas does not look likely. We may catch a stray flurry or two on Monday, but the weather looks generally dry through Christmas Day. It is ironic that most of December featured snow on the ground only to be washed away the weekend before Christmas! Regardless, enjoy the holiday inside dreaming of the snow that could have been outside.

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