Regardless of the clouds and wet weather, most temperatures are headed for the 50s Wednesday afternoon, and then the rain should come to an abrupt end (wrapping from southwest to northeast) either late Wednesday afternoon or early night.
Most temperatures late Wednesday will wind up in the 40s, except in the upper 30s in the typically colder spots –these values are STILL awfully close to what typical DAYTIME HIGHS are this time of year.
The model data is still suggesting that our rain during the next few hours will bring a general 0.25″ to 0.50″ before it ends, and temperatures should return to the mid or upper 50s Thursday with no less than partial sunshine. This “break” is expected to be temporary, though as the next wave of low pressure developing across the southern Plains states heads eastward. That’ll bring back rain, which will be getting underway Thursday night, which should last into Friday morning before it ends.
We discussed that this relatively “flat-looking” wave of low pressure will be moving fairly rapidly through the Eastern Region. Therefore, even though the expected rainfall totals from the storm that will be racing through Thursday night and early Friday will probably turn out to be greater (perhaps by a factor of two, and more like a general 0.50″ to 1.00″), it should come to an end early on Friday morning. Temperatures on this day should be in the 50s, which is still almost 10 degrees above normal for what will be the first full day of winter (the official start of the season is Thursday at 12:30 a.m.).