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Unsettled & Milder Though the Weekend
Turning Colder, Drier Closer to New Years

Josh Larson @ 1:30 AM

We'll look for noticeably milder (and drier) conditions today compared to yesterday's raw, damp weather. However, with a fairly "progressive" (fast) jet stream pattern aloft, expect rather unsettled weather as at least two storm systems trek through the region Friday into the weekend: the first will bring clouds and rain to the area during late Friday into early Saturday; the second will bring more clouds and a slight chance of showers late Sunday into early Monday. Thereafter, we'll look for appreciably cooler and drier conditions to start the new year.


Confidence: HighBecoming mostly sunny. Though we'll start off the day with plenty of clouds, skies should gradually clear by the early afternoon hours. Mostly sunny skies by late in the afternoon should push high temperatures to near 50 in most spots. Mostly clear tonight, with lows ranging from near freezing across the coolest suburbs to near 40 downtown.


Confidence: HighNice start; wet finish. Though the morning hours will feature a good deal of sunshine, clouds will be on the increase as the day wears on as an area of low pressure approaches from the west. Afternoon highs will once again approach 50. Showers may develop during the late afternoon onwards. Look for periods of rain -- occasionally heavy -- Friday night with nearly-steady temperatures in the mid 40s.

The Weekend

Confidence: HighRather unsettled. Look for mostly cloudy skies and a stray shower Saturday morning; the afternoon may feature some peaks of sun, with the potential for mild highs in the mid 50s, dependent somewhat on cloud cover. Mostly cloudy Saturday night with lows ranging from 30-35. Partly sunny skies may reign during the first half of the day Sunday -- with highs in the upper 40s -- but a cold front will push through late in the day, which may give us the potential for late evening and overnight showers, perhaps (less than 20% chance) mixing with sleet or wet snow over the NW suburbs). Overnight lows will range from the low to mid 30s.

A Look Ahead

  • We'll look for the potential for a lot of clouds (and a stray shower?) early on New Year's Eve Monday, but here's to hoping the afternoon will deliver partly to mostly sunny skies -- along with seasonably cool high temperatures in the mid 40s and overnight lows in the upper 20s to low 30s.
  • New Year's Day looks mostly sunny and chilly with afternoon highs in the low 40s and overnight lows primarily in the mid to upper 20s.

Mother Nature Misbehaving (Elsewhere)

Days of torrential rains over Indonesia have led to massive landslides on the main island of Java. According to some reports, over 75 people are feared dead after 12 hours of non-stop rain yesterday (this after substantial rain over the past week). Ironically, these landslides occurred on the third anniversary of the Asian Tsunami which killed scores in Indonesia. The landslides were apparently triggered by the combination of torrential rain and high tides, which have left some areas with with flood waters 6 feet deep.

Pictured: Indonesian soldiers and volunteers search for missing people following a landslide in Tawangmangu, on Java island, Wednesday; courtesy AFP/Getty images via USA TODAY.

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