A rather nice winter day in store today: with mild temperatures and sunny skies. Tonight should have optimal radiational cooling to allow for chilly lows ranging from the mid-30s well inland to the mid-40s in the marine influenced areas near the coast. Mostly clear skies continue into first part of Saturday with upper level cloud invasion from the west ahead of next disturbance. At this time, it appears instability will be limited and primary mode will be showers, but a few t-storms will be possible in the warmer coastal waters.
Monday should be similar to today in that a short-lived high pressure area will move in the wake of the low pressure system for favorably drier and milder conditions. The following disturbance will move through Tuesday into Tuesday night with more showers accompanying its passage as the main dynamics should remain off the coast, but an isolated lightning strike or two may be possible once again closer to the coast. High pressure stays better established farther north for just fringe affects over the forecast area Thursday, with a warm projected to develop in the western gulf Thursday night. This brings the next period of unsettled weather as a series of impulses will traverse the area next weekend.