TONIGHT: Increasing Clouds. Lo 50.

FRIDAY: Rainy & Breezy. Hi 56. Winds: E 10-20 mph. Gusts to 30 mph.

SATURDAY: AM Showers, PM Clouds & Drizzle. Hi 59. Winds: E 5-15 mph.

Sun began to break out late this morning and into the afternoon. Temperatures did break into the middle and upper 60s thanks to the additional sunshine. Dry weather held out today, but this will not last as more moisture and cloud cover moves in tonight.

Friday will feature the first in a stretch of cool, dreary, and likely rainy days. There are going to be two separate systems that bring Central PA significant rainfall through the weekend. The first system will move in tomorrow with periods of rain developing in the morning (developing west to east 7-10 AM) and spreading across the viewing area through the afternoon. Expect steady and, at times, heavy rainfall tomorrow through early Saturday. Saturday will start wet with drier conditions arriving by the afternoon. Clouds and drizzle will likely persist Saturday, but the steady showers will exit during the morning. Sunday will bring round 2 of steady and, at times, heavy rain. The timing of this rain has been accelerated as the coastal storm appears to be taking a more inland track. This round will continue through Sunday night. Round 1 will bring between 1-2″ of rain through early Saturday. Round 2 will bring another 1-2″ of rain from Sunday into Monday. The region needed a solid rain after starting the year over 4″ in the hole. This stretch should help tremendously. Due to the dry weather leading into this pattern we do not expect any issues with flooding.

The extended outlook shows the first week of May remains chilly with highs in the 50s and 60s to start the week, and more shower chances nearly every day as an upper low hangs around the Northeast yet again through Wednesday. We’ll keep you posted.

-Meteorologist Dan Tomaso