Posted: Feb 7, 2014 5:29 AM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus
After a very cold start, beginning the morning below freezing, some early sunshine will allow temperatures to warm some 10° higher than yesterday. Although upper 40s - lower 50s are still about 15° below average, it's a step in the right direction. High pressure settled into the Midwest will keep winds northeasterly and suppress precipitation in the Gulf of Mexico early. However, as this high nudges to the northeast, an upper level trough will ride over a stalled stationary front in the Central Gulf of Mexico. The interaction of these two systems will spawn a weak disturbance in the Gulf and thus cloud cover is expected to return by the end of the day and a spotty rain shower may develop as early as dusk.
A quick moving disturbance will pass by our region during the early hours of Saturday Morning. While not impressive, forecast models do hint at some rain showers passing through the area, mainly before dawn. Eventually, this disturbance will strengthen into a fairly potent surface low, but this won't happen until it is well east of our area and in the Atlantic Ocean. That means that we'll again clear out by Saturday Afternoon with sunshine expected to return. High temperatures will try and get back to the lower 60s.