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Weekend warmup on the way

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The trend toward warmer weather continues as we close out the work week. Temperatures won't be warmer outright than Thursday, but winds will be lighter and out of the west.

The Nor'Easter over New England has at last begun to depart into eastern Canada, allowing high pressure to set up shop over a large portion of the eastern and central United States. Initially, a persistent deck of clouds over the Plains and Midwest will hang over the area. This will begin to break up a bit as we move into Friday afternoon.

Highs today should again reach the middle and upper 30s, but the feel in the air should be slightly milder due to lighter winds. This westerly shift in the winds will set the stage for the arrival of much milder air Saturday through Monday.

A powerful storm system that brought torrential rains to part of California and the west coast will play a role in our weather come early next week. The storm itself will lift into western Canada, but the moisture associated with it will break away and rolls across the Rockies during the weekend.

A new area of low pressure is expected to develop off of the southern Rockies over the weekend, and will then begin a northeasterly jog. It arrives here in earnest on Tuesday, but some of the moisture preceding it could arrive as early as Sunday afternoon in the form of some isolated patches of drizzle.

The positive trade-off will be highs in the low 40s Saturday, middle and upper 40s on Sunday, and near 50 on Monday.

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