Warming trend this week

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- Current radar is showing some rain moving across Kentucky, Ohio and West Virginia. This rain should continue west to east motion through tonight and stay to our north, allowing the dry weather to continue. Expect a fair amount of clouds though for the first part of tonight as the disturbance passes through the region.

The clouds will move away tonight, and tomorrow is shaping up to be a nice day with ample sunshine and temperatures making a run at 70.

A backdoor front will approach the area Friday; the southwest wind ahead of the front will push temperatures into the 70s which is 15-20 degrees above average for early December. We expect the rain to stay away as that front is running out of gas as it moves into the area during the afternoon. Modeling is now fairly consistent in saying that the front never pushes far enough south for the worst of the cold air behind it to arrive here. Instead, we still lean toward milder weather Saturday before it cools down Sunday as the high over the Northeast moves offshore and the front washes out.

With numerical guidance coming in considerably warmer today than yesterday, we have taken up temperatures a couple of degrees for Sunday, and then quite a bit for Sunday night into early next week as the flow becomes southeasterly around the high Sunday night followed by west to southwest flow Monday ahead of a strong cold front that will be
pushing our way through the middle of the country. Odds are most of the rain associated with that front will have a difficult time making it east of the mountains, so we are only mentioning a 30% shower chance at this point.

We turn breezy and seasonably chilly behind the front for Tuesday, then another storm may approach for midweek, with rain right now looking most likely for Wednesday.

Have a great evening!

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