The fall dominoes are beginning to fall. Tuesday’s highs were noticeably cooler, but that was thanks to widespread cloudiness. Rain will be the next step with a strong fall cold front to follow.
For tonight, clouds will continue to thicken up. No rain is expected during the evening with showers holding off until after midnight. The first wave of wet weather will shift from west to east across the area during the day Wednesday. No severe weather is anticipated, but a few stronger storms with frequent lightning and heavy rainfall are likely. Rain chances will be highest west during the morning and east during the afternoon. Temperatures will run milder with afternoon highs in the 70s.
The first cold front will slowly push into the area Wednesday night with another round of scattered showers and embedded thunderstorms setting up Wednesday night. This round of rain and the cold front will gradually shift southeast through the area on Thursday. Rain chances by afternoon will focus south of the interstate with sunnier and warmer conditions to the north.
Rain will be widespread, but will come in waves Wednesday into Thursday. Rain totals will tend to be lighter north of Hwy. 60 where amounts will tend to be a quarter to three-quarters of an inch. Further south, amounts will generally be higher with many spots picking up an inch or more.
A second cold front will sweep in late Thursday ushering in chilly fall air. Thursday night should be dry and clear allowing temperatures to drop to the low 50s and upper 40s. Friday will be much cooler. Highs will be in the mid to upper 60s with winds breezy out of the northwest. There may be another reinforcing cold front delivering even cooler weather for the weekend. A round of clouds may come with that fall surge heading into Friday evening.
This will be our coldest weekend of the fall so far and it will come with morning lows in the 30s to low 40s. Typically colder locations may even experience their first frost of the season. Sunday morning may offer the best chance for this with clear skies and calm conditions expected. We’ll hold onto jacket weather throughout the day Saturday and Sunday despite bright conditions. Warmer weather returns early next week.