Last night’s rain is departing to the east this morning, and it won’t be long before dry conditions return. Winds that were gusty out of the south last night will become breezy out of the west this afternoon, though gusts won’t be high enough to cause more than very isolated issues. Look for the westerly winds to help facilitate clearing skies as drier air moving into the region gets a boost from local downsloping. In the mountains, moisture from the Great Lakes combined with upsloping winds will result in continued local cloudiness and the chance for a few snowflakes this morning. Clearing will expand to the mountains this afternoon as even drier air moves in.
Temps will peak fairly early in the day, as it won’t take long for the incoming cold air to overpower the weak influence of daytime heating as we approach the shortest day of the year. Temps in the morning will range from the mid 40’s in the north to the mid 50’s in the south. By sunset, temperatures will be dropping below freezing across most areas away from the coastline.