EUREKA -- Break out the rain gear today and bundle up the rest of the week.

Because after the rainfall will come the chill, according to the National Weather Service.

”A pretty quick shot of rain,” said NWS meteorologist Matthew Kidwell. “It will probably be between one-tenth of an inch and a quarter of an inch in Eureka. It's expected to start in the morning at about 8 a.m. or so and then tapering off in the afternoon.

”Behind that we've got some pretty cold temperatures coming in. That's probably the bigger story.”

While Tuesday provides a lull -- normal temperatures -- Wednesday brings winter's bite thanks to predicted clear skies.

”Wednesday morning will probably be slightly below freezing temperatures at around 30 here on the coast with temperatures colder inland,” Kidwell said. “Thursday morning may be in the upper 20s. 29 for Eureka with teens in Weaverville. It's pretty cold.

”Through the week it should stay chilly near freezing along the coast and in the teens and mid 20s inland.

The morning and evenings will be cold while daytime temperatures are expected to hover in the mid-40s in the Humboldt Bay area throughout the week.

Ray Aspuria can be reached evenings at 707-441-0527 or raspuria@times-standard.com. Follow him at twitter.com/AirUpsa707