The winter solstice officially arrives Sunday marking the beginning of winter. Of course, it has felt like winter for the past month and definitely looks the part with a seemingly endless supply of clouds each and every day. The supply of low level moisture to generate stubborn cloudiness stretched across the middle of the country is high and we simply do not have a good scouring mechanism to mix these clouds out or move them on. Plus, we have a very low sun angle with a residual snow pack offsetting surface warming which can aid in breaking these clouds apart.
So over the weekend, plan on a lot of cloudiness with perhaps a moment of “tease” where you think a break or two may occur. Overall, low clouds will win the weekend forecast. In addition, we’ll see times of fog or mist.
Highs on Saturday will reach near 38 and on Sunday should get a push into the mid 40s.
Grab the umbrella Monday as we have a 50% chance of scattered rain showers in the morning and again later in the day as our next strong cold front pushes through. Highs on Monday reach close to 50 before tumbling back into the 30s Tuesday.