Our cool, cloudy afternoon gave way to a clearer and colder evening - the clear skies aloft will allow temperatures to dip all the way back down into the mid to low 20s areawide and set us up for a chilly start to our Friday. Fortunately, warmer weather is on tap for the end of the work week - afternoon highs will climb nearly 10° above Thursday's as the combination of southerly winds and sunshine helps drive the mercury back into the mid 40s Friday afternoon.
Saturday on the other hand, doesn't look so pleasant; despite seeing highs again reach the mid 40s, scattered rainfall will make for a gloomier and grayer day overall. The passing core of low pressure and associated cold front responsible for our rain chances Saturday, will have scooted off to our east for Sunday and we'll wrap the weekend ahead on a bit of a high note - we'll climb back up to 46° under mostly sunny skies come Sunday afternoon.
The annual Winter Solstice will officially kick off the winter season shortly after 4AM Monday morning and we honestly couldn't ask for a better start to winter; we'll top out at 53° that afternoon under scattered cloud cover. Not too shabby, huh? Tuesday and Wednesday actually look warmer - expect highs of 55° and 56° respectively those two days - unfortunately, our coldest weather in some time looks as though it will arrive just in time for Christmas.
Some longer-range model data is indicating that a potent cold front swinging through the Midwest next Wednesday and Thursday will bring about what could be our coldest weather in months. After only reaching 32° next Thursday (Christmas Eve), current model data shows temperatures dipping into the mid to low teens for Christmas Morning and only reaching the upper teens and low 20s on Christmas Day! If this forecast holds, Santa won't have just gifted us our coolest morning since Valentine's Day, but our coldest day overall since January of 2019! Bundle up!