Wednesday, January 8 Forecast Discussion

Temperatures today have finally been able to break the freezing mark area wide, but one more subfreezing night is in store as lows fall back into the 20s. We will make it back toward normal tomorrow with highs in the mid 50s as clouds increase ahead of our next system that will be taking shape in the southern Plains.

With plenty of moisture and warm air returning to the area on Friday, we could get enough lift from warm air to get a rain shower or two to develop in the afternoon hours, but most of the rain will hold off until Saturday morning when our cold front passes. The front should clear the area by midday with clearing taking place behind the front. Highs will stay in the 60s behind the front for a couple of days.

The big question in the forecast at this point is what happens Monday and Tuesday. We could see another system develop close to the coast and bring rain showers our direction and keep temperatures fairly mild, or we could see clear skies and gradual cooling as some dry cold fronts swing through and knock highs down a few degrees. For now, I am leaning more towards a system in the Gulf so I will include small rain chances to start the week with temperatures slowly dropping towards this time next week, but nothing like what we have just seen.

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