THIS AFTERNOON: Partly Cloudy, Pleasant. Hi 72.

TONIGHT: Increasing Clouds, Showers After Midnight. Lo 52.

FRIDAY: Rainy & Cool. Hi 58.

What a day!! Sunshine, warmth, and a nice breeze made for a beautiful spring day! Gradually this afternoon we have seen an influx of puffy clouds from the west. This is the slow-approach of moisture from the west as the next area of low pressure draws near. Enjoy this pleasant evening of temperatures in the middle to upper 60s and dry weather. Clouds then generally increase overnight with temperatures in the low to mid-50s.

The area of low pressure that will plague the forecast for several days arrives by tomorrow morning. Periods of rain, heavy at times, will be present throughout our Friday. Around 2 inches of rain is likely by Friday night in total. The rain lingers for Saturday too as the low pressure system stalls out nearby. Another inch of rain is likely to add up during the day Saturday. So a grand total of rain between Friday and Saturday is 2-3 inches. Temperatures Friday and Saturday remain stuck in the 50s.

At this time based on recent rainfall trends we do not see widespread flooding issues. Most creeks may run bank-full, but flash flooding should not be concern.

Sunday morning should feature drizzle and clouds with the same cool weather. Northern and northwestern counties may begin to see some early clearing, but elsewhere clouds likely remain pretty stubborn with slow clearing. Temperatures for Mother’s Days will be in the middle to upper 50s.

At this time the start of next week remains sunny and dry with temperatures north of 60 degrees. Believe it or not the area of low pressure from this weekend will remain off-shore to our south and southeast as a remnant system. This may end up throwing clouds and light drizzle back to the Midstate by Wednesday, but widespread rain is not likely.

-Meteorologists Eric Finkenbinder and Dan Tomaso