Despite warmer-than-usual temperatures the last few days, Old Man Winter is still hanging around the Four States.
“We’re not done yet, that’s for sure,” National Weather Service Meteorologist Andy Foster said Monday as the first in several rounds of rain moved through the area.
The first round which started Monday and was expected to persist through Tuesday brought between 1 and 2 inches of rainfall with it, but a warm front came with it over the weekend.
However, Foster said, temperatures were expected to drop back into the “seasonably chilly” range starting Tuesday — with some freezing rain possible Tuesday night into Wednesday — ahead of a second round of rainfall expected to last into the weekend.
Foster said 2 to 4 inches of rain with locally heavier amounts is expected.
Highs are expected only into the mid-30s to lower 40s Wednesday and Thursday, with slightly warmer temperatures for the weekend.
There have been some drought issues in the area, but the heavy rainfall may at least temper that somewhat.
“Going into this event we had moderate to severe drought in places,” Foster said. “This should put a pretty good dent in the drought by the weekend.”
— Patrick Richardson is the managing editor of the Pittsburg Morning Sun. He can be emailed at firstname.lastname@example.org, or follow him on Twitter @PittEditor.