Rain Chances Sticking Around

Forecaster Sinead Lockhart

Happy Sunday, Foothills Weather Nation! Here's a look at what to expect for today and for the beginning of your work week.

It wasn't the cloudy eyes and grogginess of Sunday morning, there was some patchy fog out there! Most of it cleared out by 9 am to mostly cloudy conditions as our frontal boundary scoots just south of our forecasting periphery into SC. The start to our day should have lower chances (20%) of rainfall. Precipitation probabilities will increase up to 40% in the late afternoon as we continue to swim in high humidity levels and temperatures flirting with the mid 80's despite the persisting clouds.  Severe weather isn't on our "radar" for today with only a chance of the isolated storm producing locally heavy rainfall and cloud to ground lightning.

Keep out your rain gear because overnight Sunday hours into Monday we see the frontal boundary bounce back northward towards us as weak upper level trough propagates in bringing back another full round of rain and thunderstorms with precipitation probabilities holding strong to 60% for the day and night on Monday and the day of Tuesday with a series of upper level divergence. We anticipate more severe conditions with more widespread and potent storms producing high winds, locally heavy rainfall, possible small hail, and plenty of cloud to ground lightning. With the plentiful rainfall and continuing high moisture levels, mugginess with prevail with the temperatures standing strong in the low to mid 80's for the diurnal highs and upper 60's for the lows.

Starting Wednesday upper level ridging temporarily builds over the forecasting area, which will help clear out some of the clouds and attempt to "mop up" residual moisture, although bring in the typical climo August heat of the upper 80's. Our ridge will be short lived as an anticipated upper level trough is expected to march back into the area on the late Thursday into early Friday time frame, which of course will drag back in precipitation probabilities for the later half of the week.

We are eagerly waiting for the wet period to end with the solar eclipse being only 8 days away! Rain, rain, go away! Come again... sometime in September!

As always, thank you for reading!

Sinead Lockhart

Foothills Weather Network