Christmas has passed, but today for some it is the first day of Kwanzaa, so to those who celebrate the holiday! I hope you have a wonderful celebration this holiday. I wish I could tell everyone that the weather is going to stay beautiful through the rest of the week, but I cannot. The rain is coming and it is almost here.
This afternoon has been pretty tame and pretty mild. Temperatures have reached there peak today in the low to mid 40’s. We gladly had the sun make a small appearance today in some spots to help warm us up a bit. Clouds have overtaken the skies and they are building more and more as a system approaches us from the southwest. Rain showers hold off until this evening. As temperatures slowly descend back into the 30’s, there is a small window where some light snow is possible. This is is a much bigger possibility across southern Wisconsin and the far northwestern corner of Illinois. A warm front moves in overnight, however, effectively changing any frozen precipitation over to all rain.
Thursday will the rain that come in through the night and stick around for most of the day. Sadly, it won’t just be the rain. It will also be the strong and gusty winds. Gusts to 30+ MPH are certainly possible, which could make for driving issues in those periods of heavy rainfall. Some guidance even suggests the possibility of a some rumbles of thunder. As one can imagine, temperatures tomorrow will be nearly 20-degrees above average.
As this system exits the region on Friday, we will have colder temperatures follow. This could briefly transition any leftover moisture into some snow showers before drier air moves in. If you’re looking forward to the weekend, it looks like things remain dry, with much more seasonable temperatures for late-December.