Good late Friday evening/early Saturday morning, everyone. As advertised, we saw our next cold front set up shop right on top of the area as we got our weekend started. That front took us from a mostly clear Thursday evening to mostly cloudy skies getting into gear by this morning. After a dry start to the day, we did see areas of drizzle and light showers pick up through the afternoon and into the evening hours. Despite all of that, we were able to stay mild today. We may be a bit cooler compared to where we were for Thursday afternoon, but we were still able to get highs back around 70° after starting in the lower 60s during the morning.
The main focus for our Saturday will continue to be our cold front. It has parked itself just south of the I-44 corridor and doesn’t plan on budging very much within the next day to day and a half. At least we aren’t alone in dealing with this front. It stretches up into New England and out into the Desert Southwest.
Not only are we watching the front sitting on top of us, the upper-level setup continues to show a couple more storm systems getting themselves together off to our west.
Before one of those upper-level lows can work out from the west and head our way, the cold front will remain in place to keep the clouds around for our Saturday. What started off as drizzle and light showers for our Friday evening will lead to more areas of light rain picking up throughout the night and into Saturday morning. This will allow lows in most areas to drop back into the upper 40s.
With no change in the setup, plan on cloudy skies sticking with us for Saturday with periods of rain and even a few t-storms to carry us through the day. This will lead to temperatures not going anywhere across the region. Most spots will only see afternoon temperatures push into the lower 50s for Saturday afternoon.
By Saturday night, one of the upper-level lows out to the west will start working into the Plains and push some more energy our way. That will lead to widespread light to moderate rain and a few t-storms to take us into the night. Unlike last Saturday, we’re not expecting any of these t-storms to go severe.
While the rain chances do start our Saturday evening and night out, the upper low will start pushing the front out of the area as we head into Sunday morning. Before it can start leaving, though, we’ll have lows dropping back into the lower 40s as we see some rain chances sticking around to start the day.
While Sunday starts with some rain chances in the morning, we’ll see them clear out as we head into the afternoon. Mostly cloudy skies will stick around for the day, but that won’t stop us from pushing back near 50° for afternoon highs.
Before this front can clear out, we still have a chance to see rain totals by Sunday afternoon vary between half an inch and an inch and a half.
Looking at the week of Thanksgiving, we’ll start Monday off with partly to mostly sunny skies before our next system rolls in from the west. We’ll stay chilly with highs in the lower 50s as we see our next system start to bring in some rain chances late Monday afternoon and into the evening. When the system works into the Plains on Tuesday, that’s when we’ll see more widespread rain and t-storms push into the region. Despite these rain and t-storm chances (not looking severe, by the way), we’ll have a chance to push into the upper 50s to near 60° for Tuesday afternoon.
Once this system clears out, we’ll stay partly sunny, chilly and dry for Wednesday and Thanksgiving. Lows for both mornings will start in the middle to upper 30s with highs in the lower 50s for Wednesday and middle 50s for Thanksgiving. Once we head into Black Friday, we’ll watch for another wave to come at us from the west. Black Friday may start dry, but we’ll watch for rain chances trying to return by our Friday afternoon.
We’ll keep quiet for the rest of Thanksgiving weekend before we see another storm system by that following Tuesday and Wednesday. Doug has the rest of the month and much of December sorted out in his long range forecast down below. Have a good night and a great Saturday!
Next Saturday: Staying dry and chilly.
November 29th-December 5th: A mild first half of the week with rain chances increasing on Tuesday and Wednesday. Cooling back down the rest of the week with rain or snow chances on Thursday. Staying cold into the weekend.
December 6th-12th: Warming up at the beginning of the week with our next storm system on Monday and Tuesday with rain or snow chances. Staying cool the rest of the week with rain or snow chances back in late week and into the weekend.
December 13th-19th: A cool start with rain or snow chances on Sunday. The rest of the week mainly cool and dry.
December 20th-26th: Mainly a mild week into Christmas. However, rain chances increasing through the week and colder air working in late in the week, so lets see!