3/5 – Rob Knight’s Friday Morning Forecast

Surface high pressure centered over the central Gulf coast region has moved east of the region. The next disturbance will move southeast through the central Gulf coast region late today/tonight with a weak surface front moving through the northwest/north central Gulf. I’m expected generally light to moderate rainfall amounts from mainly scattered showers with this system Friday afternoon and Friday night. Most of the higher rainfall amounts will be in the 1/4 to 1/2 inch range. Saturday should be dry with mostly sunny skies returning as surface high pressure starts to build in from the northwest, and this clear/sunny weather will continue into Sunday. High temps will be near seasonal averages today with highs near 70, and then cool slightly on Saturday with highs mostly in the mid to upper 60s.

Surface high pressure will remain in control with dry and mild weather expected Monday. As the surface high shifts east, the next system that may impact our region later in the week will be a series of fast moving disturbances which will start moving through the California coast and Desert Southwest western states Tuesday through Thursday. The central Gulf coast region should remain mostly dry and under the influence of the western periphery of surface high pressure, although a few showers could occur Wednesday and/or Thursday. Temperatures should be near to slightly above seasonal averages Monday and Tuesday then even warmer on Wednesday and Thursday.

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