Rain chances, windy conditions on the way to the region

HAZARD, Ky. (WYMT) - The mountain weather rollercoaster is starting up the track and will take us on a windy loop in the next 48 hours.

Today and Tonight
We'll see some morning sun before the clouds take over this afternoon. Rain chances will pick up heading toward the evening and overnight hours. Even with the clouds, daytime highs should push their way into the low 60s.

Tonight, as the clouds and rain chances settle in, we'll see lows drop to around 50. Winds will pick up late, so be careful on your way to work Wednesday morning.

Wednesday through Friday
The Thanksgiving travel period kicks into high gear on Wednesday. If you're hitting the roads early, expect rain and windy conditions. Those rain chances should start to wrap up by noon and skies will slowly clear.

The wind will continue to be an issue though. We'll see sustained winds out of the southwest between 10 and 15 mph and they could gust as high as 40 mph. Keep an eye on those Christmas decorations if you're like me and already have them up. Garbage cans and anything loose should be monitored as well. Things should start to calm down by Thursday morning.

Highs will soar with those warmer winds to the mid-60s before crashing to the low 30s behind the front Wednesday night under partly cloudy skies.

Thanksgiving Thursday and Black Friday look pretty good right now. Look for sun and clouds on Thursday with highs in the mid to upper 40s and lows in the low to mid-30s. Friday looks very similar with just a small chance for a stray shower. We'll get close to 50 for one of the busiest shopping days of the year before dropping into the low 40s overnight.

Extended Forecast
Why does it always want to rain on the weekend anymore? If you figure that out, let me know. A new system will bring those chances back to town by Saturday. They will last into the first day of December on Sunday and could turn wintry as we head toward Sunday night and Monday.

There's still a lot of uncertainty with the second half of the weekend and the first part of next week, so we'll continue to monitor and keep you posted.

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