Cloudiness will increase today ahead of the next storm system that will bring widespread rain to the area Friday and Friday night.
There may be a few sprinkles around this afternoon, and a few patches of light rain tonight, but the main rain will begin moving into our area towards morning Friday and will continue through early Saturday.
Most places will receive near or just over an inch of rainfall with this system. The deepest coldest valleys of northern Franklin and southern Madison counties may see temperatures very near freezing Friday afternoon and evening, but at this time it appears a 33-degree cold rain is most likely.
This will need to be monitored closely as if it turns out to be a degree or two cooler, some icing problems may develop.
Most of the precipitation will move out Saturday morning, but a few areas of light rain may linger into the afternoon. While temperatures aloft will cool significantly Saturday, the near-surface air will be well above freezing, and precipitation rates do not look like they will be sufficient enough to cool the lower airmass enough for any snow to reach the surface.
Clouds will likely linger into Monday behind this system, with clearing then taking place Monday afternoon or evening. Mild temperatures will then return for the middle of next week.
Another storm system may affect the area by the end of next week into the first part of the following weekend, but this is beyond the range of this forecast.
We stay close to guidance temperatures the next couple days but did narrow the diurnal range some tonight through the weekend.