A large storm system is taking shape across the middle section of the country right now. The first weaker wave of low pressure slid by to our northwest this evening and brought scattered light showers to the region today.
The heavy rain will enter the picture late tonight and persist for most of Saturday. An isolated rumble of thunder is possible later tonight as well. Highs will still warm into the lower 60s by the evening hours as warmer air is pulled up from the south. Expect temperatures in the 50s during the morning and afternoon hours. The heaviest rain will lift north of the immediate metro during the evening although light rain will still be possible. A Flood Watch is in effect because anywhere between two 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 overnight Saturday into very early Sunday bringing another good bet for heavy rain and even thunderstorms. Isolated stronger wind gusts will be possible upwards of 45 to 50 mph overnight when the leading edge of storms along the front hits.
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 evening.
Colder weather returns for Christmas week but unfortunately a white Christmas does not look likely. Scattered flurries will be possible on Monday before we dry out for Christmas. It does look like it will stay cold with highs in the upper 20s and 30s all week long.
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