Updated Thursday 3:35 p.m.
Working on a half inch in the rain gauge today as the first rain in over a week brings the return of Puddle City.
The steady rains are done, but showers remain in the forecast for a while as a big area of low pressure swirls offshore.
For tonight, expect scattered showers to continue with a risk of a thunderstorm along the coast. Lows will be chilly - getting own into the mid-upper 30s.
Friday is still looking pretty active as the low nudges closer to the coast and spreads not only showers, but cold, unstable air our way. That will allow the showers to build and gain some potency, perhaps graduating into heavy showers with some thunderstorms and small hail. In between the showers, the sun should peek out so it'll certainly be one of those "if you don't like the weather, wait 20 minutes" kind of days. Temperatures will max out in the mid-upper 40s, but it'll be quite chilly near 40 inside and just after those passing showers.
Showers continue Friday night into Saturday although thunderstorms should taper off in the hours after sunset. On the other hand, temperatures will drop into the mid 30s or so meaning any showers around Saturday morning still have the chance to mix in with some wet snow, especially above a few hundred feet. No accumulations expected, aside from a brief dusting on grassy surfaces (road temperatures well above freezing) and once showers pass, temperatures will rebound quickly. Official highs should reach the mid-upper 40s by the end of the day.
As for moisture, showers will be decreasing through the day, rain or wet snow, as the low moves well off to our south with sunbreaks way more dominant than showers by afternoon. The air will remain weakly unstable so a rogue afternoon shower can't be ruled out -- especially near the mountains -- but looking dry in general.
Sunday and Monday will remain mostly dry as high pressure begins to build well offshore. However, that ridge won't be providing too much protection and there is a very weak system expected into southern B.C. that could toss a few light showers our way either day, especially closer to the border. So again we can't promise 100% dry days but pretty low chances of showers. Highs will rebound a bit into the low 50s.
The ridge nudges closer toward the middle of the week which will do a better job of making skies sunny and warming us up a bit more. Highs should warm into the upper 50s and low 60s by the end of the week.
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