Rainy End to Week, Storms Next Week?
CLOUDS INCREASE TONIGHT, RAIN SETS IN FRIDAY AM
The train of wet weather systems to affect our area continues, with the next one pulling into the depot tomorrow morning. Clouds will increase tonight from south to north as low pressure gets its act together in the northern Gulf. With the blanket of cloud cover, lows won’t be as cool as last night with temperatures bottoming out in the 40-45 range. In fact, temperatures might become steady or actually rise a degree or two after midnight.
Friday will feature widespread light to moderate rain; the further south you go, the heavier the rain will be, although nowhere in our area should see more than a half to three-quarters of an inch. The widespread rainfall and cloud cover will keep highs only in the lower to middle 50s.
Some wraparound moisture from the developing low may hang around for Saturday, leaving a good part of the first half of the weekend with more clouds than sun and a slight chance of a passing shower. Highs will be in the upper 50s. Sunday will be the best day of the weekend under a mostly sunny sky with highs in the low to mid 60s after morning lows in the 35-40 degree range.
A warmup is in store for early next week, with lower 70s possible for highs by Tuesday. At the same time, however, yet another developing storm system to our west will begin to pump Gulf moisture into our area from the south. We’ll have a chance of a shower or thunderstorm on Tuesday, with the best chance coming on Wednesday. While stronger storms looked like a possibility this time yesterday, forecast models today have the best instability and the best dynamics (wind and shear aloft) a little out of phase to produce any severe weather. We’ll definitely keep an eye on it as we get closer to the event, but for now, it looks like we may escape a meaningful severe weather threat.
-Meteorologist Dana Barker