Election Day weather: Wet, then sunny, breezy

            Voters heading to the polls early Tuesday morning could get wet, but sunny skies are forecast for later in the day along with gusty west to northwest winds.

Rain is likely across the metro area after 1 a.m. Tuesday, according to the National Weather Service. Forecasters expect showers to continue until about 7 a.m., when polls open across the state.

Although there is a 60 percent chance of rain early Tuesday, voters going to the polls later in the day should see skies gradually become sunny with a high near 50, forecasters said.

However, southwest winds of 10 to 20 mph will shift to the west-northwest Tuesday afternoon, with gusts up to 26 mph, forecasters added. Tuesday night will be partly cloudy and breezy with a low around 32 and west-northwest winds 8 to 15 mph.

Wednesday will be mostly sunny with a high near 45 and northwest winds 5 to 10 mph becoming light and variable Wednesday afternoon, forecasters said.

Putting Tuesday’s Election Day forecast in historic perspective, the high and low will be near the historic averages for the date, according to the NWS. The warmest Election Day was 71 Nov. 4, 2008. The coldest Election Day high was 28 on Nov. 3, 1936, and the coldest Election Day temperature was 9 on Nov. 9, 1892.

Precipitation has been recorded on 15 of the 35 Election Days since 1872 when weather records began being documented, with trace amounts of precipitation on 22 Election Days.

The wettest Election Day was Nov. 8, 1932, when 1.51 inches of rain fell. The snowiest Election Day was Nov. 3, 1992, when 1.2 inches of snow fell, leaving a reported 6-inch snow depth, according to the NWS.

Averages for Election Day are a high of 48, low of 33 and 0.11 inches of precipitation, the NWS said.