1/12 – Rob’s “Clearing Skies” Wednesday Afternoon Forecast

Overnight temperatures could again fall into the 30s across the northern half of the area, but a significant freeze is not anticipated. Westerly winds and little in the way of cloud cover should allow highs Thursday and Friday to get well into the 60s.

The atmosphere will be in transition Friday night into Saturday. Upper level high-pressure on Friday will turn winds to the south Friday afternoon, and allow moisture to increase. Saturday into Sunday morning, a strong disturbance and surface low pressure will move out of the northern Great Plains, then across the lower Mississippi River Valley.

This system is forecast to be deepening as it moves across the area Saturday afternoon and Saturday night. The limiting factor will be low level moisture and instability. This will bring rain to the area along with an embedded t-storm. This system also looks to be a wind producer based on the pressure gradient.

Highs Saturday are likely to be in the mid-60s to lower 70s, but behind that on Sunday, highs will struggle to get out of the 40s, and it may take late afternoon sunshine on Sunday to make it to 50.

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