Mostly dry weekend, Rain ahead to begin the new week

After a chilly start this morning with temperatures in the low 20s across many areas, we expect an afternoon that’s not nearly as cold as your Friday.  Afternoon highs will top out in the mid 50s under partly cloudy skies, with clouds gradually on the increase during the latter part of the day.  Our Saturday night won’t be nearly as cold either, with overnight lows a good 12 to 15 degrees “warmer” than this morning, with daybreak Sunday temperatures only expected to get down to the mid 30s.  Skies will be mostly cloudy on Sunday, but with winds switching around to the south, we expect temperatures to still climb into the mid 50s.  Those southerly winds will begin to bring moisture into the area, and that means the chance of showers will return late in the day and especially by Sunday night.

The next storm system approaches the area as we go into Monday, and with the increasing moisture, this means that rain becomes very likely through much of the day.  A few rumbles of thunder can be expected as well, but severe weather is not expected.  Afternoon temperatures will climb into the mid to maybe upper 50s.  Rain continues into Monday evening before gradually moving to the east as the first cold front moves through the area.  Tuesday will be a day with a mix of sun and clouds, but with westerly winds in place, the main cold air mass behind the front won’t yet be moving into the area, and afternoon highs will sneak into the low 60s.

A second disturbance moves through the flow and brings a secondary cold front into the area on Wednesday.  Clouds will linger, and showers will be likely.  Cooler air will move in during the evening, and lingering showers Wednesday night into early Thursday morning may change over to snow flurries or light snow showers as temperatures drop near and just below freezing.  Unlike the snow this past week, this will be lingering moisture behind the front instead of having Gulf moisture involved.  This means that any snow will be very light and spotty, meaning that significant impacts are NOT expected.

That system moves out Thursday morning, and clouds gradually decrease through the day.  Mostly sunny skies are expected on Friday as the upper trough departs and high pressure builds into the area.  Temperatures by Friday afternoon will begin to moderate, with highs back into the lower 50s.