Nice couple of days in the North Country before rain starts this weekend
Thursday, October 25, 2012 - 9:03 am

High pressure building into the St. Lawrence Valley will give us a couple of nice days before rain moves in beginning Friday night and into next week, according to the National Weather Service.

Conditions will be dry with much higher than normal temperatures, reaching about 70 degrees today and possibly reaching into record levels Saturday.

Widespread rain is forecast to begin late Friday or early Saturday, with the chances of precipitation not falling below 50 percent through the middle of next week.

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The NWS forecast for the St. Lawrence Valley and the northwestern Adirondacks:

Today: Mostly cloudy, with a high near 70. East wind 5 to 8 mph.

Tonight: Partly cloudy, with a low around 57. Southeast wind 6 to 8 mph.

Friday: Cloudy, then gradually becoming mostly sunny, with a high near 74. Southwest wind 6 to 9 mph.

Friday Night: A slight chance of showers after 9pm. Increasing clouds, with a low around 53. South wind around 5 mph becoming calm in the evening. Chance of precipitation is 20%.

Saturday: Showers likely, mainly after 2pm. Cloudy, with a high near 54. Calm wind becoming north 5 to 9 mph in the morning. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts of less than a tenth of an inch possible.

Saturday Night: Showers likely. Cloudy, with a low around 45. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New precipitation amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch possible.

Sunday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 52. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Sunday Night: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 41. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Monday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 50. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Monday Night: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a low around 48. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday: Rain likely. Cloudy, with a high near 55. Chance of precipitation is 60%.

Tuesday Night: A chance of rain. Cloudy, with a low around 46. Chance of precipitation is 50%.

Wednesday: A chance of showers. Cloudy, with a high near 54. Chance of precipitation is 50%.