Weather Outlook – the Week Ahead: Warm, Rain Thursday

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Published Sunday, February 19, 2017

By Chris Sorensen

The unseasonably warm period continues through middle of the week ahead of a cool-down that may bring rain and snow by the end of the week.

Sunday starts off breezy under partly cloudy skies. South winds will be in the 10 to 15 mile-per-hour range, increasing to 20 to 25 mph in the afternoon as skies become mostly cloudy. Gusts to 35 mph are possible. Temperatures are expected to reach the upper 60s before falling to the mid-30s overnight.

Look for sun and mid-60s for the Presidents Day holiday. The overnight low will be around the freezing mark.

Tuesday and Wednesday are expected to be mirror images, with daytime highs in the mid-70s under mostly sunny skies, and overnight lows in the mid-30s.

A change sets in Thursday, with temperatures cooling to the low 60s as an eastern Pacific system moves into the area. Showers are possible in the afternoon, increasing at night as a northwest wind reaches the 15 to 20 mph range. Late even precipitation could turn to snow as the temperature drops to the mid-20s.

Friday and Saturday will be much cooler, with daytime highs reaching the mid-40s. While it is too early for certainty, another system may move across the region next Sunday.

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