October 21: Rain On The Way

We made it up to almost 80° today despite more cloud cover than expected, and we’ve got one more warm day on the way tomorrow — enjoy it while it lasts!

Temperatures tonight won’t fall too far, only to around 60° early Sunday morning:

We’ll warm up to around 80° on Sunday, thanks to strong southerly winds:

Mostly cloudy skies will prevail throughout the day on Sunday, with showers and a few thunderstorms gradually moving in from the west by Sunday afternoon and evening:

The heaviest rain will fall late Sunday night and early Monday, with off-and-on showers continuing Monday night into Tuesday morning.  Here’s the RPM model’s version of what the radar will look like from midday Sunday through midday Monday:

Total rainfall amounts will range from around 1″ to over 3″ in a few spots:

That might be enough to cause some very localized flooding, but I’m not concerned about widespread flooding OR severe weather with this system.

Temperatures will drop significantly behind this system, with highs only in the 60s most of next week, and lows dropping to the low 40s a couple of mornings:

The next chance of rain will move in late next week — the data is a little muddled right now, but I think a late-Saturday arrival is more likely at this point.

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