Friday, January 18, 2013

Nearly Perfect This Weekend!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

Friday makes a second straight day with sunshine and blue skies, and the weekend will keep pace with mainly sunny skies expected for both Saturday and Sunday.  Plus, the weekend gets a little warmer, with highs both days in the mid to upper 60°s!

A broad surface high pressure ridge extends from the mid-Atlantic to the Lower Mississippi Valley, making for a nice winter day throughout the U.S. Southeast.  That ridge will remain the primary controller for our weather through Saturday.  Believe it or not, we do anticipate a front sliding from north-to-south through the region on Sunday, but it will be a “dry” front. So dry, in fact, that not only will it be rain-free, but we don’t even expect much in the way of clouds as it moves through. 

On the back-side of the front, we’ll get another dose of dry and cool Canadian air.  Yet even then, we’re not talking about a major drop in temperatures for Tuesday into Wednesday.  And again, staying dry through mid-week.

By Thursday, winds will swing back around allowing for a warmer day, but still rain-free.  As it looks right now, our next rain-maker won’t arrive until Friday at the earliest.  Model guidance suggests that the core of our next significant weather disturbance will pass well to the north of Louisiana late next week, but the trailing front associated with that system will move west-to-east through the Bayou State.  That’s too far down the road at this stage to offer any real confidence regarding rain chances, potential amounts, or any ‘severe’ threat.  We’ll watch it for you through the weekend and into early next week.

 In the meantime, have a great weekend and try to enjoy some of the sunshine!

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