Tuesday, February 18 Forecast Discussion

Thick fog this morning has burned off to reveal lingering low clouds with us this afternoon. The cold front that passed through over the weekend is now lifting back northward as a warm front, and as it does, it is producing a few rain showers across the area. The front is currently along the Interstate 20 corridor and will keep lifting northward this evening towards Highways 14 and 82, where more shower coverage is possible this evening into the overnight.

With the warm front still in our vicinity Wednesday, we could see some isolated showers again through the day. Temperatures will still be well above normal as we climb into the low 70s. The moisture and heat is setting the stage for a potential rocky end to Thursday.

A potent cold front will approach the area from the west Thursday afternoon and evening. Right now, it appears the front will arrive after sunset and send a rapidly moving squall line across the area. Our main threat for Thursday is damaging winds and some hail, but an isolated tornado associated with breaks in the line and bowing segments in the line cannot be ruled out. Because of this risk, the entire Newscenter 11 viewing area is under a slight risk from the Storm Prediction Center for Thursday.

Rain will exit by sunrise Friday at the latest and clouds will clear through the day for a cooler and less humid Friday and weekend. Temperatures will bounce around between the lower and mid 60s into the start of next week. As of now, the remainder of the forecast looks dry, but Tuesday into Wednesday could see our next cold front and the return of some cooler weather for the middle of next week.


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