First Rain Of 2014 On The Way

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Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton‘s Daily Forecast Discussion: 

So nice to see some sunshine instead of the dense fog for the valley this afternoon, helping push highs back into the low 50s! However, the clouds are back and will eventually lead to the first rain chances of 2014 as a sizeable cold front will march across the state late tonight and early Friday. Lows will stay very mild in the upper 30s and low 40s under cloudy skies.

Most of the rain will fall pre-dawn Friday morning with some light snow above 5000 feet. As we go into the afternoon, clouds should eventually break up to mostly sunny skies. Highs will also be in the morning in the mid 40s, falling into the upper 30s with the colder air moving in for the weekend. If we do clear Friday afternoon, expect a chilly and clear Friday night with dense fog redeveloping and lows falling into the upper 20s.

The weekend will see the return of dense fog in the valley Saturday AM and likely all day on Sunday. Highs will be cooler in the upper 30s, however, because of a high pressure ridge right on top of the Northwest, the coast and mountains will again be sunny and mild all weekend.  Next week, we might actually get back to a more typical winter forecast, some bigger storms starting to move through the Northwest, bringing some much needed snow for the mountains and rain showers at the lower levels Monday night through Wednesday.

Have a great Friday!

– Chief Meteorologist Justin Stapleton

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