Warm and cloudy conditions as we wrap up the workweek
Today: Mostly cloudy conditions with a calm, warm start and a breezy finish. Wind direction continues as an onshore influence from the Gulf of Mexico and that will lend itself to a warmer afternoon with temperatures hitting the mid 70's for most. The wind speed will increase from a low mile per hour to a breezy 15 mph later today as the pressure differences increase (high to the east/low to the west). Rain expectations today are minor and isolated as light showers begin passing through in advance of an approaching storm system.
Tonight: The slight chance of light showers (20%) will continue with a mostly cloudy forecast. Temperatures will trend warmer (66º) with lows pushing nearly twenty degrees above the average for this time of the year. Wind speed will also breeze up (15 mph) as a warm system tracks in from the west. This system will have an opportunity to stall out around the ARKLATX region and gain some energy from the Gulf of Mexico before pushing through Coastal Mississippi Saturday afternoon.
This Weekend: A slowed cold front gaining energy from a strong onshore flow from the Gulf will keep everyone on their toes this weekend. Just a slight risk of severe weather locally, but it is worth keeping an eye on because this rain maker will be dividing the region between a warm, tropical airmass and cold, dry arctic air. A weather pattern like this is often a textbook scenario for our secondary tornado season. As of Friday morning, thunderstorm activity will be on the increase Saturday and Saturday night with more numerous thunderstorms expected in the late afternoon through early Sunday. The main threats for this weekend are damaging thunderstorm winds and isolated tornadoes. Rainfall accumulations could be seen up to the 1-2 inch mark.
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 (close to seasonal averages).
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