ABOVE AVERAGE HIGHS THROUGH FRIDAY

ISOLATED, PASSING SHOWERS POSSIBLE THIS EVENING

SHOWERS AND A FEW THUNDERSTORMS LIKELY LATER IN THE WEEK

COOLER AND DRYING OUT EASTER WEEKEND

This Afternoon: Mostly to partly sunny. Breezy and warm. Highs 65-72. Southwest wind 5-20 mph and gusty.

Tonight: Variably cloudy with a few passing showers possible this evening. Breezy early. Mostly clear with patchy fog overnight. Lows 36-42. Wind becoming light.

Wednesday: Plenty of sunshine and pleasant. Warm. Highs 63-69. Northwest wind 10 mph or less.

Weather Summary:

A southwest flow will develop ahead of a cold front today. Winds will be gusty this afternoon (and there is an enhanced fire danger as well). Highs will soar into the middle 60s to lower 70s. A weak cool front will slide through this evening, and a few passing showers are possible (mainly between 5 and 10 PM). Chance of rain is around 30%. A rumble of thunder can't be ruled out. Winds will die down this evening. Mostly clear overnight with areas of fog.

We will be tracking a more potent storm system that will arrive late this week. A breezy southwest wind will allow temperatures from Wednesday through Friday to soar into the upper 60s to middle 70s. Wednesday looks dry. Rain chances increase late Thursday into Friday with enough instability to produce a few thunderstorms as well. The severe threat looks low in the Tri-Cities at this time (the main threat looks to stay to our west). A cold front will move through Friday night. By Saturday, things will calm down but cool off a little bit. Showers look to end early Saturday morning. It will be breezy and much cooler Saturday with highs in the 50s.

Our weather forecast data is in good agreement about Easter Sunday's weather. High pressure looks to be nearby, providing us with an egg-cellent Easter Sunday. Cool to start, but warm and dry to finish with low humidity levels.

Recap: Highs near 70 today, upper 60s to middle 70s Wednesday through Friday, mid 50s Saturday and mid 60s Sunday. Lows in the 40s through Wednesday night, 50s Thursday night, 40s Friday night, near 30 Saturday night, and near 40 Sunday night.

Our average high is 64°, low 38°.

Meteorologist David Boyd