Mild New Year’s Day, on alert for storms Monday-Tuesday

14 First Alert 12/31 at 10pm
Published: Dec. 31, 2022 at 5:48 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 31, 2022 at 9:49 PM CST
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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WFIE) - Mostly cloudy and quiet weather to start the new year, but we are on alert for heavy rain and thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday.

After a foggy morning, our skies will remain mostly cloudy throughout New Year’s Day, but a gentle breeze from the south will help push our temperatures into the upper 50s to low 60s Sunday afternoon. Sunday night will be mostly cloudy with lows in the low 50s.

That flow of warm, southerly air will push our temperatures into the mid 60s Monday and upper 60s Tuesday, which is more than 25° warmer than average for this time of year! However, that warmer weather also comes with rain and storm chances.

A few showers are possible throughout the day Monday, but our rain chances really ramp up Monday evening. Showers are likely and thunderstorms are possible through Monday night and into Tuesday morning. While the risk of severe weather will be focused to our south-southwest, a few strong storms with gusty winds and heavy rain may be possible here in the Tri-State. Most of us will probably pick up 1.5 to 2″ of rain from this system, which could cause some localized flooding issues.

As that system slides off to the east, our rain chances will taper off Tuesday afternoon and evening. Cooler, drier weather will take over for the second half of the week with high temperatures in the mid 40s Wednesday and upper 30s to low 40s Thursday and Friday.