The thick smoke that started the day might soon be a thing of the past. A change in the forecast will bring about some much-needed rain, and that might be just enough to give us a little reprieve from the unhealthy air. 

Unfortunately, we have to wait all day for that rain and it arrives just in time for the holiday weekend. 

Smoke will stick about through the first half of Friday. Through the day we will see a little more sunshine. If it weren't for the smoke, mostly sunny skies would take us through the day. Clouds will start building in by late-afternoon keeping temperatures in the mid-60s.

Overnight, the rain will start. By the time the sun comes up Saturday, the ground will be wet and the rain will be at its heaviest. The rain will taper off early in the day, but in that short period of time, Anchorage could receive up to 0.30 inches of rain. That would be 30 times the rain we've seen the first 30 days of August combined!

The storm weakens and moves out as fast as it moves in. By noon, scattered drizzle around Southcentral will be all that remains. The scattered drizzle and cloudy skies will keep temperatures in the low-60s, much cooler than what we've seen recently! 

It's a forecast of good news and bad news. Those hoping for a sunny and warm Labor Day Weekend are out of luck. Clouds and showers stick around through Monday.

Light showers will develop early Sunday as a storm out to the west pushes more moisture into the region. Those showers will be heavier along coastal areas and in high elevations. Something to keep in mind for your holiday weekend plans. 

Monday looks similar to Sunday, with a little more moisture. Light showers and cooler temperatures stay in the forecast.

As the worst drought on record continues for Anchorage and much of Southcentral, we are a long way from a return to normal. But any moisture at this point will help. 

So keep the rain jacket handy and keep hoping for rain!

-Meteorologist Jeremy LaGoo