First Alert Forecast: Soaking rain first; Cold air second

A change in the overall pattern will be felt this week as temperatures fall back below average by Friday
Published: Dec. 7, 2022 at 5:11 AM EST|Updated: Dec. 12, 2022 at 10:19 PM EST
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SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) -

Tuesday will be the best chance of the week for some sunshine.  High temperatures will respond and warm into the lower 40s.  Overall, the forecast is on track from previous discussions with a strong cold front coming through on Wednesday.  Rainfall totals could approach 2″ in some locations by late Wednesday.  Otherwise, temperatures will be falling from the middle 40s on Wednesday and Thursday into the lower 30s Saturday and Sunday.  The winds are expected to be out of the west on Saturday brining lake effect snow to Berrien and Cass County.  A more dramatic wind shift is possible next week that could bring lake effect snow to other portions of the area.  Long term forecast looks cold with a Christmas forecast in the 20s, for high temperatures.

TUESDAY: Best day for outdoor vitamin D! Partly cloudy. Increasing clouds late in the day with rain showers arriving Tuesday night. High 43°. Low 37°. Wind ESE at 15 to 25 mph.

WEDNESDAY: Cloudy with off-and-on rain as a cold front moves into Michiana. High 44°. Low 37°. Wind SE at 15 to 30 mph. Rainfall around a quarter to half an inch.

EXTENDED FORECAST: . Early indications suggest a flip to a colder and possibly snowier pattern late next week and into next weekend behind the midweek cold front. A return of the “polar vortex” will likely make a return by Christmas weekend and will usher in our coldest air so far this winter season.