The cold front that is bringing the coldest air of the season so far to the area is already along the Gulf Coast. Skies are clearing slowly from north to south. The winds will stay up overnight, continuing to funnel in colder air through the overnight hours. All of us will wake up in the mid to upper 20s Wednesday morning with wind chills closer to 20.
Highs on Wednesday will struggle to return into the low 50s thanks to a continued strong north wind. Wind chills will remain in the 40s throughout the day. Thursday night will be another cold night with lows again below freezing.
With the cold weather in place, you will want to make sure you bring inside any sensitive plants. Your outside pets should also be brought inside, or made sure they will be warm through the night with non-frozen water. Also, if you are on a second floor or higher or if your pipes are not in the ground, you will want to insulate them or leave the faucet dripping overnight. Also, if you use space heaters, make sure to leave at least three feet of space around the space heater to prevent a fire.
Things begin to change on Thursday as the strong high pressure to our north helping to drive the cold air our direction moves to our east and shifts our winds around from the south, bringing back warm air starting Thursday and lasting into the weekend. Along with the warmer air will come a return of moisture that is going to set the stage for a series of weak low pressure areas to cross the region starting on Friday.
As temperatures return to the upper 60s and low 70s, areas of low pressure will tap into some moisture and produce rain showers. The best chance for rain looks to be Sunday and Monday lasting into early Tuesday as a cold front works through the area. This front looks to bring a return of chilly weather for the middle portion of next week.