Jennifer Edwards Baker reports:
Be sure to get outdoors and enjoy the sunshine this afternoon because a solid weekend of rain is ahead.
Today will be sunny with a high of 49. It’s a brisk 30 degrees this morning at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport. With the wind chill factored in, it feels like the low 20s, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
An unsettled weather pattern with several waves of low pressure is approaching from the south, bringing 2-3 inches of rain this weekend.
The rain could start as early as 7 p.m. tonight and pelt down through Monday night, according to the National Weather Service in Wilmington.
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As the rain falls, temperatures will rise. Friday, Saturday and Sunday will be mild with daytime highs in the mid-to-upper 50s, about 12 degrees above normal for this time of year. Overnight lows will only fall to around 50.
Our region can definitely use the precipitation. So far this year, we are down 5.67 inches of rain, said meteorologist Mike Kurz.
Typically at this point, 39.70 inches have fallen. As of this morning, 34.03 inches were recorded at Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport.
It has been an unusually wet month so far this December, however. A solid inch already has fallen, about double the normal precipitation level.
Last year was much wetter. At this point, CVG had recorded 69.93 inches, Kurz said.
Looking ahead to next week, the rain will move out by Tuesday morning as colder weather settles in and sticks around. Daytime highs will be in the 30s and 40s with overnight lows in the 20s.