A return to near normal temperatures today with dry conditions continuing as upper level and surface ridge briefly hold in place out ahead of a massive closed low that is slowly spinning over the panhandle of Texas. This will bring a slow moving cold front towards central Louisiana. This will bring an increased chance of showers and possibly a few thunderstorms Thursday. Cold front will push through on Thursday night bringing another round of below normal temperatures with highs only rebounding into the 50s on Friday. No freezing temperatures expected this round with lows holding in the upper 30s Friday night in the typically cooler forecast locations. As a result dry conditions with a slow warming trend will result by Saturday afternoon.
The extended period will be a dry one with some continuation of continental air mass re-enforcement on amplifying trough pattern across the eastern U.S. A strong surge of cold air arrives Monday as the base of the trough swings through the Appalachians. Upper level high-pressure will move over the western to central Gulf States by Tuesday to align with surface high pressure to maintain strong subsidence dryness through middle of next week. Temperatures should remain on the cooler side of normal for the duration but above freeze concerns, though most mornings should still reach the mid to upper 30s in interior locations.