Cloudy and cool with rain in the area today

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Updated: 12/31/2013 10:00 am

: The very weak cold front that passed through on Monday will allow two things to occur today. Cloudy and cooler temperatures with daytime highs staying in the low 50's, additionally a light north breeze around 10 mph. The other occurrence will be the limited rain chances (10% today) as a high pressure system (trailing Monday's low) tries to keep the lower levels of the atmosphere- the surface, dry. Showers should remain offshore until later tonight... much later.

Tonight: Low temperatures again in the mid 40's (44º in Gulfport) with cloudy conditions and a northwest wind speed of 10 mph. The rain chances toward the first sunrise of 2014 will be around 30% and continue to increase throughout the first day of 2014. 

New Year's Day: Cloudy, with rain chances climbing higher as two approaching storm systems line up from the west. Rain showers first, then colder temperatures will be the forecast for the first days of 2014. Some of the models indicate that these showers, at least the heavier downpours, should remain offshore as the tropical portion of these storms press in from the Western Gulf of Mexico. Things will remain cloudy and rainy Wed/Thurs with temperatures reflective of the warm tropical push. Highs will be back into the upper 50's/low 60 degree readings until the second system presses through fully by Thursday night.  

End of the Week: Once the rain exits on Thursday, a few days of sunshine will help dry and clear things up briefly. Friday and Saturday look to be the brightest days of this week with a sunny to mostly sunny forecast, but chilly with high temperatures ranging from the mid 40's to the mid 50's and low temperatures ranging from the upper 20's low 30's. Freezing temperatures are expected once all this unsettled weather moves through!

Next Week: Whew... right now, there is only one thing to say about next week and that is we are to expect another winter storm system. Although, none of the forecasting models will commit to a pattern that you could hang your hat on. My models of choice have two very different things occurring. The first has mild temperatures with a few clouds, a chance of showers and a breeze while the rest of the country experiences a serious arctic blast. The second has a low pressure system dropping in from the north all the way to the ARKLATX region. This low will have an associated cold front - for emphasis purposes, I should be saying a frigid front because if this pattern becomes a reality, very, very, very cold temperatures will descend from the arctic and spread as far south as our locale. This will mean a temperature difference for these two models of 25 degrees or highs in one model of 55º and from my other model 25º... Something to ponder as you ring it in safely tonight. 
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