Portland Metro Saturday Weather: Rain, it is inevitable

Britain to be hit by 60mph Arctic winds

The weather service's forecast for Monday calls for a high of 54 degrees and a low of 46. This easterly component to the breeze should help keep high temperatures from really taking off but we should still see the numbers climb to above normal levels.

Tuesday: A 40 percent chance of showers, mainly after noon. But, with heavier snow showers, especially up north over the Tennessee Valley, the ground could be white in spots in grassy areas and north-facing locations.

Wednesday will be partly sunny, with a high in the low 50s, and a 60 percent chance of rain. An associated cold front will pass through the state Tuesday allowing Arctic air to infiltrate central IN mid-to-late week.

WEDNESDAY THROUGH FRIDAY: The weather looks generally cloudy and cold for the northern half of the state, and to the south periods of rain are likely Wednesday and Thursday.

The warm temperatures won't last long however.

Mostly cloudy Thursday night, with lows near 20 degrees (-6 to -7 degrees Celsius).

Tonight will remain very mild, with rain showers and possibly even a couple of rumbles of December thunder crossing the area. That will change with the passage of a strong cold front late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Right now, for Friday, it appears a wave of low pressure will move north along a stalled frontal boundary well off the east coast. Fog shouldn't be as widespread but some patchy dense areas will be possible through sunrise as temperatures start off in the 60s. Highs on Thursday and Friday will be in the 40s.

The latest forecast is the most recent indication that the United Kingdom is set for its coldest December for seven years, breaking a cycle of unusually milder weather for the time of year.

Get those winter coats ready, you're going to need them by the weekend.

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