One more enjoyable day Thursday before rain returns by Friday


November has been a dry month so far with only a trace of rain reported. That string of dry weather coming to an end as a potent cold front arrives on Friday. Heavy rain and gusty winds will be expected, then cold air will rush in and bring down the temperatures through the weekend and into next week. Along with the cold temperatures, a pair of weak systems will pass through and give the first chance for some of the higher spots inland to see the first flakes of the season. 

A few scattered showers could develop Thursday evening, but the chance will increase through the overnight hours. Winds will be shifting from the southeast to south and that may allow temperatures to climb from the upper 50s to the lower 60s.

The rain will become steadier early on Friday morning, and there could a few heavy downpours around during the morning commute. Along with the heavy rain, the winds will be kicking. Gusts of 30-40 mph will be possible along the coast as the cold front crosses through the region. Eventually, the rain should taper off in the afternoon and the clouds may clear out by the time the sun sets. The winds will subside as well, but it will pick right back up on Friday night. 

In terms of rainfall amounts, generally around .50- to 1.00 inches of rainfall is expected for much of the region. Some areas could get as much as 1.50 inches of rain.

As mentioned, the winds will be on the increase on Friday night. This time, it will be coming in from the northwest and that will bring the temperatures down for the weekend and beyond.

The blustery conditions will continue for Saturday and temperatures will top out in the upper 50s. In the afternoon, a secondary cold front will bring the risk for a few more scattered rain showers. For some of the higher spots inland, temperatures may be just cold enough to see some wet snowflakes or a wintry mix for the first time of the season. 

Sunday will be a dry with less wind, but a cold one. Temperatures may start out in the upper 30s in the morning, with wind chills in the 20s. In the afternoon, temperatures may not get out of the 40s under a partly to mostly sunny sky. 

Another weak storm system could bring the risk of a rain shower on Monday. Once again, some of it could mix with snow for areas well inland. Afternoon temperatures will be around 50 degrees in the city.
Tuesday will be another cold day with highs in the upper 40s, then temperatures will moderate back into the upper 50s by the latter part of the week. 

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