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Your nice weekend starts today

7 years 9 months 4 days ago Friday, March 04 2016 Mar 4, 2016 March 04, 2016 7:02 AM March 04, 2016 in Weather
Source: WBRZ Weather
By: Meteorologist Robert Gauthreaux III

A cooler start this morning, but this afternoon won't feel too different. We'll be slightly cooler but the big difference will be the dry air across the area. It will feel very comfortable. This dry air is what allows the temperatures to drop to the 40's like this morning. Expect lots of sunshine today as we reach the 70's briefly this afternoon.

Tomorrow morning will provide one more chilly start in the 40's, and through the weekend, the sun continues and the humidity increases a bit. It will still feel pleasant. Afternoon temperatures climb into the mid 70's.

Things begin to change a bit into Monday. We'll see more clouds and it will begin to feel fairly muggy. That leads us into Tuesday, where we begin a very damp week.

The jetstream (river of fast moving air very high in the atmosphere) is what really controls our weather pattern here at the ground. Next week, there will be a huge dip in the jetstream as it rushes cold air into and across the Plains. The dip will stretch deep all the way into Mexico, before it bends due north toward us. This will allow strong southerly winds to pump moisture across the Gulf Coast. The jetstream will be stuck in this position for a bit, really allowing moisture to continue to move across the area and spin up showers as a result. With that said, this orientation of the jetstream will present the opportunity for severe weather, including tornadoes. It's still a bit far out, but we're not expecting anything like what we experienced last week. It would be more accurate to say that a threat for flooding will really be more of a concern for next week.

I'll be with you monitoring the forecast all through the weekend. So please, enjoy it because it will be a great one and I'll keep you updated. Happy Friday!

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