No frost on the car windshield today, warmer temperatures continue

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Updated: 12/19/2013 9:20 am

Today: A partly cloudy sky is expected with a mild afternoon temperature near the 70º mark. Including the increased cloud coverage, the wind speed and it's direction are just a few of the first indicators that a new weather pattern is developing. Winds today will eventually press in from the SE around 10-15 mph and that will help add to the increase in humidity levels across the region.

Tonight: More clouds during the evening/overnight, a warm low near 60º and a SE wind speed around 10 mph. The Gulf influence (warm and moist conditions) will continue to flow onshore and with the cooler water temperatures immediately along the coast - fog is expected to become more widespread into Friday morning.

This Weekend: The advancing storm system from the west is expected to remain mostly dry until it gets closer to the Texas region of the Gulf Coast. The source region for the rainfall will be the Gulf of Mexico. Once this system is able to tap into that source, rain should be delayed until the late weekend period. However, isolated thunderstorms can be expected Friday with scattered thunderstorms on Saturday. Temperatures ahead of this system will continue to be warmer than the average (up to ten degrees) even with the mostly cloudy forecast. Because of the warmer and drier conditions east of the approaching front and the colder air to the west, the threat for severe weather exists once the collision of these two air mass occurs. Numerous thunderstorms are forecast for Saturday night and Sunday. Some of the storms Saturday night and Sunday morning may be severe with damaging thunderstorm winds and isolated tornadoes possible.

Christmas Week: Your final days of shopping and gift wrapping will be marked with clearer and drier conditions. The weekend storm system should begin clearing to the east on Monday and left in it's wake will be cooler high and colder low temperatures.

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