EVENING: Scattered clouds and mild. Temps in the 40s.

TONIGHT: A few clouds, patchy valley fog. Low 27.

WEDNESDAY: Mostly sunny and milder. High 49.

Our nice weather continues into Thursday with highs rebounding near 50 under sunny skies. Expect a few more clouds Friday as a front approaches, but it will be dry and warm with highs in the low 50s!

Our steady stream of milder air into the weekend also means increasing chances for rain. It’s not just one round of showers to start the New Year. Our first round arrives Saturday afternoon and lasts into the evening. Some model guidance gives us a break in the rain toward midnight. There is a chance we could ring in the New Year dry before more showers linger into Saturday night. Check back later this week for more details.

We’ll stay dry Monday but it’s temporary as the next front is already showing up for next Tuesday or Wednesday. Milder air will dominate the extended forecast with 50s expected each day from this weekend through the middle of next week. Winter lovers — stay patient!

-Meteorologist Eric Finkenbinder