Cool and Sunny Weekend…More Rain Ahead. – Friday Update 4:10 PM


A good Friday afternoon to you! It’s been a very nice day across our state, with a sunny sky and cool temperatures. Many spots are back in the upper 50s to lower 60s this afternoon, which is a little above average. The storm system that brought heavy rain to much of the state is well northeast of the area. An area of high pressure has moved into the area in wake of the departing storm system. High pressure is associated with sunny skies and light to calm winds.

The upper air trough that’s bringing a slight cool down will deepen a bit across the southeast and will cool temperatures a little more on Saturday and Sunday. Many spots will stay in the 50s all day, but most spots will warm to above 55 degrees. Lows will fall well below freezing Saturday and Sunday night, with lows between 22 and 27. The typical cold spots will fall into the lower 20s. I expect lots of frost both Sunday and Monday morning due to calm winds and a moist ground. Sinking air associated with high pressure will likely keep skies sunny through the weekend and first part of next week.

Since we continue under a very progressive pattern, the weather will not remain the same for long. Ridging will move into the area as the upper air trough moves east. This will warm temperatures into the lower 60s on Monday and upper 60s to 70 on Tuesday and Wednesday. A south flow will also aid in the warming temperatures. As moisture increases off the Gulf, we can expect clouds to increase on Tuesday and Wednesday. Another trough starts to move into the area on Wednesday and Thursday. This will bring a strong cold front into the area sometime Wednesday night or Thursday morning. The good news is that I don’t see any signs of severe weather with that system. Look for heavy rain to develop and move into our area Wednesday evening into Thursday.

Some data brings a shot of very cold air into the deep south on Friday and Saturday. While confidence in this setup is increasing, model data is still questionable on the amount of cold air. We’ll update the forecast as we get closer to the event.

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WVUA Chief Meteorologist Richard Scott

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