By Jeremy Kappell
A line of showers with embedded rumbles of thunder move from west to east across the state this morning for most, but not reaching Eastern parts of the state until this afternoon. While a few showers will be capable over some brief heavy downpours, overall rainfall looks to be fairly light on the order of 0.10 to 0.30″ for most. Despite the clouds and showers temps look to remain mild with highs in the 60’s statewide and temps perhaps into the lower south into 70’s into Appalachian Country with breezy south to southwesterly winds on the order of 15-25 mph with higher gusts.
Temps will cool only a bit behind a cold front as we slide into the weekend on a dry note with morning temps starting in the 40’s. High pressure looks to bring some quiet conditions Saturday with highs reaching the upper 50’s northwest and middle 60’s southeast.
Confidence continues to increase that another low will form across the Lower Mississippi River Valley by late Saturday driving up the potential for some heavy rainfall late Saturday night and into Sunday. This system could bring some very generous rains to the area with an inch or two possible in most areas.
Following a breezy, damp and cooler Monday with temps topping out in the 40’s, data suggests we’ll warm it up quickly into the middle of next week with highs returning to the 60’s and lower 70’s by Tuesday and Wednesday. While there will be a chance of a shower on Wednesday. That better chance for rain and maybe some thunderstorms will arrive on Thursday as models are hinting at another strong disturbanc during that time frame.
We’ll continue with the chance for rain next Friday and data strongly suggests another cool down heading into next weekend. Just how much of a cool down remains to be seen, but there have been a number of model runs pointing at the possibility of some very cold rain showers or even wet snow! At this point, it’s unclear how long the cooler weather will last.