After a very warm start to the week, with highs on Monday in the upper 70’s to near 80 degrees, there is cool and rainy weather on the way. The first sign of the coming change will be the same gusty winds that will help crank the mercury so high on Monday. These winds are surging out of the south ahead of an approaching cold front that will be sweeping east across the region on Tuesday. This front will spark scattered thunderstorms and heavy rain with assistance from an impressive temperature gradient of 30-40 degrees on either side of the frontal boundary. Clouds will be on the increase by Monday afternoon and evening with showers and embedded thunderstorms developing after midnight. By Tuesday morning, rain will become heavy at times with a continued threat of embedded thunderstorms with gusty winds. The true impact of the cold front will be realized as temps in the mid 60’s with southerly winds are replaced with northwesterly winds and temps plummeting into the upper 20’s and low 30’s by Tuesday night. This sudden drop in temps will allow for rain and showers to end as a period of light snow and snow showers across the region with light accumulations possible across the higher elevations on Tuesday night. Sun returns by Wednesday with a much cooler airmass in place and high temps some 30 degrees cooler than our Monday high temps. For anyone with interests in protecting outdoor vegetation, it appears that Tuesday,Wednesday, and Thursday night in the lower elevations have the potential to dip below freezing. Temperatures look to rebound back to around sixty degrees for Friday through the weekend, although a chance of showers may return for Saturday and Sunday.