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POSTED: 6:28 PM Feb 27 2013   UPDATED  2 hr
StormTrack 5 Team

RAIN ALONG WITH A FEW RUMBLES OF THUNDER TONIGHT

A BLAST OF COLD AIR ARRIVES FRIDAY BEHIND A STRONG COLD FRONT

A FEW RAIN OR SNOW SHOWERS POSSIBLE FRIDAY THROUGH EARLY SATURDAY

Tonight: Rain showers likely. Thunder possible. Mountain mix late. Lows 35-42. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

Friday: A few rain or snow showers. Colder. Highs 40-48. West wind 5-15 mph.

Friday Night: Scattered snow showers or flurries. Cold. Lows 23-28. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

Saturday: Becoming mostly sunny. Cold. Highs 38-43. Northwest wind 5-10 mph.

Weather Summary:

StormTrack 5 meteorologists are tracking a strong cold front that will sweep east of the region tonight. Rain showers are likely tonight, along with a thundershower in some areas. Brief downpours are possible, along with gusty winds. At this time, the StormTrack 5 weather team is not expecting severe thunderstorms.

As the cold front moves to the coast overnight, the weather pattern really starts to change with colder air entering the region Friday. Lingering moisture will combine with the falling temperatures to provide a chance of scattered rain or snow showers Friday and Friday night. High temperatures Friday and Saturday will be around 15° to 25° below average for late March!

A light snowfall accumulation of around 1" or less is possible across the higher elevations. Some snow is possible as early as Friday morning, especially in the mountains.

A hard freeze is expected Saturday and Sunday mornings. Lows Sunday morning may drop into the upper 10s to lower 20s. The record low Sunday morning is 19 set in 1966.

The second half of the weekend will remain fairly cool, but not as cold as Saturday! As high pressure builds south, warmer air will return to the region early next week.

A fast-moving front will bring a brief shot of showers again on Sunday night and Monday.

Recap: Highs in the 40s to around 50 on Friday, and 30s to around 40 Saturday and 50s Sunday, and near 60 Monday and Tuesday. Lows 35-42 tonight, 20s Friday night and upper teens to low 20s Saturday night, and 30s Sunday and Monday nights.

Our average high is 62°, low 37°.

Meteorologist Dave Dierks