Temps to rise to the 50s Saturday, drop back to the 30s Sunday

The sun has peeked out this morning, and forecasters say there will be more sunshine ahead in the next few days — with occasional periods of light rain and snow.

The best chance for rain showers is Saturday morning, but that will clear up in the afternoon, said National Weather Service meteorologist Stephanie Dunten. “Then there’s some guidance giving us a trace to a coating of snow [Sunday], and others giving us a lot more, so we’re still trying to narrow that down.”

Today the area will see partly sunny skies and temperatures reaching the high 30s. Some clouds will arrive in the evening as temperatures drop into the low to mid-30s.

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Some scattered rain showers could fall overnight, beginning after 3 a.m. Saturday and continuing until 1 p.m. Sunny skies should return in the afternoon as high temperatures climb toward 50 degrees. Clear skies will persist overnight as temperatures drop into the 20s.

Sunday will be dry and cool for St. Patrick’s Day revelers, with sunny skies and high temperatures cresting in the low to mid-30s. Clouds will roll in during the evening as temperatures drop into the low to mid-20s along the coast, with colder temperatures in the interior. Some light snow showers could arrive overnight, but forecasters are not yet certain exactly when or how much accumulation the area could see.

“Overall, the general pattern [next week] will be below-normal temperatures,” Dunten said. “There could be another system moving through the region on Wednesday into Thursday, but it looks like it will be only rain.”