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A chilly Thursday before precipitation arrives later
It will be mainly sunny to start off as high pressure pays a brief visit. As the high quickly slides east, clouds will be on the increase this afternoon as low pressure moves in from the west.
Steady precipitation holds off until Thursday evening. It will be a wet night with a chilly rain and wet snow for the higher elevations.
Friday a cool but decent day overall
Temperatures start off mainly in the 30s and 40s with upper 20s possible in the higher terrain and far north.
Rain ends for most areas by mid morning. Western and southern areas appear to get the higher totals, with lesser amounts to the north.
No real changes in snow ideas as guidance has been pretty consistent over the past couple of days. Accumulations will be light, accumulating on grassy surfaces primarily. Road crews may have to drop some sand in spots, but it won't be a big deal.
What snow falls will likely melt during the course of the day. It will be a breezy one, with wind chills in the 30s for western and northern areas as gusty north / northwest winds draw cool dry air in from Quebec.
A frosty start to the weekend
Coastal areas that may have escaped frost recently may not be so fortunate this time. The wind will settle down Friday night. With a clear sky, temperatures head south. Cover up the mums before you go to bed.
Saturday will be a mostly sunny day with a bluebird sky. Highs for the day range from the low 50s north to upper 50s south.
Sunday starts off frosty again with 20s and 30s. High pressure slowly moves to the east and brings temperatures up a bit, with 50s north and 60s south.
A soaking rain event remains on track early next week
Timing is still to be worked out, but the idea remains consistent for a long wave frontal boundary working through the region Monday into Tuesday. For the parched areas of southwestern parts of the state, this is welcome news. Pending on how this comes together, there may be some flooding issues if the projected 1-3" of rain some guidance is indicating comes true. Details on this will get figured out over the weekend.
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