Good morning, folks, and happy Friday!
We’ve got quite a mess in store for our Friday. After waking up to the sounds of heavier rain overnight, conditions will begin to dry out a bit for your Friday. Expect highs to top out in the upper 60s, and peaks of sun after nearly an inch of rain falls. Tonight, temperatures will drop as much colder air works into our area for the weekend. Lows will be in the mid-to-lower 30s, as more rain overnight could end in a few wet snowflakes Saturday morning.
What to Watch For
The chance for the first flakes of the season in our area does exist for Saturday morning. Depending on how close those temperatures get to freezing, and how fast they drop, will determine how much snow is observed. The ground is warm and it will have rained before, but decent snow rates could put down a light coating on grassy and elevated areas. Above all else, our first taste of winter! The bigger story will be the significantly colder temperatures. Highs on Saturday will struggle to hit 40, and overnight lows will be in the mid 20s. Sunday looks clearer and a bit warmer during the day with mid 40s, but the clear skies at night allow us to potentially reach our coldest temperatures of the new winter season, with lows in the mid-to-lower 20s.
With the threat of snow tonight, it is important to remember that snow does not exclusively fall with surface temperatures at or below freezing. Layers of the atmosphere have different temperature profiles, and when the air is at or below freezing close enough to the surface, the snowflake may not have enough time to melt if surface temperatures are above freezing. Additionally, snowfall rates can cancel out melting rates, and high snowfall rates with surface temperatures above freezing can result in temporary accumulations.
Bring on the snow!! Have a great weekend everyone 🙂