TONIGHT: Rain ending, remaining damp. Breezy. Low 45.
MONDAY: Mostly cloudy, breezy and cool. Isolated showers. Hi 58. Winds: SW 5-15 mph, Gusts to 30 mph.
TUESDAY: Mostly cloudy, stray light showers. Cool. Hi 54.
Today started with rumbles of thunder during the early morning hours- and for some an inch of rain before daybreak! That rain was all from a cold front and ahead of the deep moisture plume arriving from the south. The additional rain that started this morning and lasted all day put down at least another inch across the region. Now for the evening hours we can expect thunderstorms east of Lancaster City, but the rain should continue to taper off to the west. Light showers and drizzle will be likely through late this evening and tonight. This will limit visibility at times and likely contribute to fog too. **By the way the rain over the last three days did shave about 3 inches off of the rain deficit to start this year!**
A large upper level low will dominate the weather pattern to start this week. What this means for our local weather is a constant flow of clouds from the west/northwest, plus enough energy to create some light showers/possibly a rumble of thunder. It will be cooler than average for early May standards with highs in the middle to upper 50s Monday-Wednesday. Again the sporadic showers during this time will not be as heavy as what we just had this weekend, but more needed rain!
By Thursday and Friday the longer term models have been a little more favorable toward the Midstate in pulling the upper level away from the region and lowering the shower chances. It is not a guarantee for fully dry weather, but at the very least temperatures return to the 60s and we could trend even warmer by next weekend and the following week.
-Meteorologist Dan Tomaso