After a subfreezing start for everyone this morning, we are climbing through the upper 50s this afternoon with many of us on track to hit at least 60 for our high temperature today. Clouds will start arrive this evening and will thicken up fairly quickly through the overnight in advance of the first of two impulses to impact us through the first half of the weekend.
The first wave of rain looks to arrive around and just after sunset on Thursday. This looks to be the heaviest batch of rain as well as it will last into the overnight hours an early Friday morning. We should get a break in rain for most of our Friday, which will allow temperatures to warm into the mid and upper 70s, before round number two impacts us Friday evening. This round, with the added heat and humidity built up throughout our Friday, could lead to some strong to severe storms north of Interstate 20 Friday evening. Because of the risk of some large hail and damaging winds, the Storm Prediction Center already has a risk of severe weather up for counties north of Interstate 20.
Rain will come to an end Saturday morning with clearing through the afternoon hours. The 59Twenty Music Festival should see clearing skies and temperatures in the 70s for most of the afternoon events.
Temperatures will keep warming into next week as we will flirt with 80 degrees starting on Monday and lasting through the middle of next week.
While it is outside the seven day forecast and things can change, it is worth noting that Thursday of next week looks to bring a pretty strong cold front into the area that could signal our first big severe weather threat of this season.