Cool and rainy to start the Easter weekend

The latest Storm Tracker forecast from meteorologist Matt Mackie:

We hope you have enjoyed the beautiful warm weather of the past few days! This weekend will be a little less summery.

A slow moving cold front is entering the region. It will bring rain for most of the day, with periods of winter mix possible in the mountains where it will be a bit colder.

Temperatures will actually start to drop in the late morning, well ahead of schedule. We go from around 50 at noon, mid 40s at lunchtime, to the upper 20s as the sun begins to set. This is because the front sucks in cold air, while clouds and rain prevent us from getting much sun.

The showers will taper off overnight, but with temperatures dropping around freezing, what little activity remains has the potential to bring light snow to the mountains, and possibly a rain/snow mix to the valleys. Accumulation is not planned for the three cities. Even in the mountains, it will be minimal, if any.

The remainder of Easter Sunday will be cool, cloudy and brisk with wind at times and temperatures struggling to rise above the 40s. The remaining showers may persist into the afternoon but will be rare.

Monday will feature a cold start, but the sun is helping us warm up to the mid-50s in the afternoon. Another large system moving through Tuesday will bring a gloomy day with cold rain in the valleys and snow on the higher ground. Wednesday looks better – dry and in the 50s! Then the showers return for Thursday. There are definitely a few nice days sprinkled here and there, so be sure to get out and enjoy!

Dale D. Schrum