Posted: Dec 31, 2013 5:58 AM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus
New Year's Eve: Today, despite high pressure positioned to our north, the cold front that passed through yesterday will win the battle to influence our weather. Hung up just off of the coastline to our south, mainly cloudy skies will persist across the region. Also, now on the cool side of that front, look for today's highs to run a touch cooler than yesterday, it looks like lower 50s will be as high as we get Tuesday Afternoon. Into New Year's Eve, as plans kick in and parties go on, we will remain cloudy, but I expect most to stay dry. Thus, 2013 will exit on a quiet note, but the beginning of 2014 will be a little different story.
New Year's Day: Along the tail end of the early week cold front, a low pressure system will be forming in the Southwestern Gulf of Mexico, off of the Texas coastline. At the same time, another storm system will be marching through the Midwest. Come Wednesday, the Gulf low will approach the Southeastern tip of Louisiana and allow rain to develop as the day progresses. By Wednesday Night, the Midwest storm system will arrive and take the lead. Tapping into moisture from the former low, rain will continue for our area overnight into Thursday Morning. A cold front will kick the two storms northeast by the end of Thursday and chilly air will spill in as skies begin to clear.