Get ready for a cold night Thursday with temperatures dropping below the average

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Updated: 12/12/2013 7:49 pm

Tonight: The cold temperatures that all locations will be experiencing (upper 20's to upper 30's) will be courtesy of that persistent north wind. Calm to light around 10 mph, this will be a reinforcing wind for our low temperature forecast. The partly cloudy outlook expected won't do much to warm us up tonight (clouds often act as a blanket during the late night hours).

Friday: The temperatures will reflect a brief warming trend with highs hitting close to the seasonal average in the mid and low 60's. Clouds will be on the increase throughout the afternoon hours ahead of an approaching storm system that is expected late Friday night/early Saturday morning. The wind on Friday will spend the day shifting directions. To start, winds will be from the north and northeast with a gradual shift from the southeast. Those winds coming at us from the southeast later in the day will mark an increase in moisture from the Gulf and aid in warming our day and night temperatures. Rain showers are expected to enter locally around the midnight hour and temperatures will steadily rise through Saturday afternoon.

This Weekend: The rainmaker pressing in for the early portion of the weekend will draw it's moisture from the Gulf of Mexico and that will make our highs and lows jump 10-20 degrees up the thermometer, briefly. Thunder could be used as an alarm clock Saturday morning, but don't make a habit of it. The rain showers should taper off toward middle afternoon hours and a clearing pattern could begin as early as Saturday night. Colder temperatures will fall in behind the front and the rest of the weekend into the middle of next week will be a pattern of weather that includes dry, mostly clear and mild conditions.

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