Snow, cold rain might herald holiday parade

There’s a slight chance that snow might fall in time for the annual Billtown Christmas Parade, which kicks off at 6 p.m. Friday at the corner of Hepburn and West Third streets.

The National Weather Service forecast indicated the conditions are good for either snow showers or rain to fall that night.

The daytime highs will be in the mid 40s, but, as is typical this time of year, conditions will drop sharply. It’ll be a good idea for parents and grandparents to bundle up the little ones when attending holiday events, and prepare for a wet snow or cold and damp rain.

For today, hold onto your hat. While it will be almost springlike, expect periods of high winds. Skies should be partly sunny and highs will reach into the mid 50s. The temperature will fall into the upper 40s in the afternoon, with gusting winds of up to 45 mph. The winds will decrease in speed over the day to a gusts of 35 mph in the afternoon.

Tonight should be cooler with lows in the lower 30s and west winds of between 10 and 15 mph.

It will remain cool Tuesday but partly sunny with highs in the lower 40s and lows dipping into the mid 20s.

Wednesday will be much like Tuesday, with sunny conditions and highs in the mid 40s. Wednesday night won’t be as cold as Tuesday, with a low in the lower 30s.

Thursday is another warmup, with partly sunny skies in the morning that become mostly cloudy later in the day. Highs should be in the upper 40s, with lows in the mid 30s.

For those attending citywide holiday events on Saturday, expect mostly cloudy conditions with about a 50-percent chance of rain and snow showers mixed in. It won’t be terribly cold, with highs in the lower 40s.