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Another dry day for Monday; cooler temperatures along with rain return Tuesday

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Another dry and mostly sunny day is on tap to start the work week. Rain showers creep in on Tuesday along with cooler temperatures.

Starting off the morning with temperatures scattered in the 50s and upper 40s. Highs will be around average hitting into the 60s. Winds are continuing to be strong with gusts hitting around 30 MPH. Yesterday, some areas had winds that picked up to 50 MPH. Power outages are still possible throughout today as winds continue to roar.

Throughout tonight, the winds will be slightly calmer with gusts hitting around 20-25 MPH. Eventually during Tuesday morning winds will decreasing and becoming calmer. Clouds overnight will thicken allowing partly cloudy to mostly cloudy skies. Temperatures will fall into the 40s and upper 30s.

Our Tuesday will be much cooler as highs will barely make it into the upper 40s for most. The coal fields can expect highs to hit in the upper 40s and lower 50s. Most of the area will see temperatures in the mid- 40s. Lows on Tuesday will head into the 30s. Models are in disagreement for timing of when the rain showers arrive for tomorrow. The European Model is predicting rain as early as tomorrow morning. GFS senses rain more in the evening along with the NAM. The short range models believe rain will come primarily overnight into early Wednesday morning. Some disagreement, but prepare for showers Tuesday night for best case scenario.

Temperatures will drop into the 30s allowing the higher elevations to see a possible wintry mix. Even though we are heading into April, don't forget that our area can still experience a hard frost. Highs will continue to be on the cooler side into Wednesday. Thursday highs try to head into the 50s with lows still in the 30s. Warmer air pools in for Friday right around average in the upper 50s and lower 60s. Rain chances hang on for Wednesday, but high pressure builds in for Thursday allowing dry air and mostly sunny skies into Friday and to start the weekend.

Catherine Maxwell

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