A few chances of rain ahead, Unsettled early next week

After a little morning fog for your Thursday, the day will turn out pretty decent for a late January day.  Afternoon highs will top out in the low to mid 50s under partly sunny to mostly cloudy skies, with clouds increasing late in the day.  Dry weather should hold for the area until after midnight, with a slight chance of showers toward the predawn hours of Friday morning.

Shower chances will increase during the day on Friday as a system moves through the northern Gulf of Mexico.  Expect a cool, cloudy day with light easterly winds and widespread light showers.  Rainfall won’t be too heavy, but it will be a gloomy day, similar to Wednesday.

Clouds will be on the decrease over the weekend as we temporarily get into drier air behind the weather system.  This will allow for cooler nights, with lows in the mid 30s to near 40 degrees, but increasing sunshine will also mean moderating temperatures.  Afternoon highs on Saturday will still only be in the low to mid 50s, but we expect lower 60s by Sunday afternoon with mostly sunny skies.

Our weather turns more unsettled again for the first part of the coming work week as we get into southwest flow aloft ahead of a new storm system that will be ejecting out of the Rockies and into the center of the nation.  This will mean increasing moisture and increasing shower chances on Monday, and showers and thunderstorms becoming likely Tuesday afternoon and Tuesday night.  AS OF NOW, we don’t see the ingredients in place to have confidence in any type of severe weather risk for our area, but if the system trends a little stronger and instability trends a little higher, that may change.  It wouldn’t take big changes to put that potential on the table; so, we will be watching things closely over the coming days.  But as of now, we do NOT have a severe weather threat in the forecast.  Just keep checking back in case that changes as new data comes in!

This cold front will usher in the next round of dry and cooler weather by Wednesday, with rain ending and highs dropping back into the low to mid 50s, before we change back to cooler weather for the second half of next week.