Showers and storms for the weekend, then much colder late next week
Rain and thunderstorms return for the weekend. There remains the possibility that some storms could become strong to severe Saturday and Saturday Night. Temperatures should remain well above average for late January, but that all changes by late next week as the normal January chill returns.
WATCHING WEEKEND STORMS
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An increasing coverage of showers and storms as the day progresses on Saturday. There are some timing differences with forecast model guidance. And, the timing and severity will depend upon storm development to our south. Through the predawn hours Saturday, a better coverage of strong thunderstorms should develop along the Gulf Coast. As this activity moves north and inland, this could spread some showers over our viewing area from the south Saturday Morning and into the Afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center places our viewing area in the Marginal to Slight Risk category for severe storms. A higher threat (Enhanced Risk) to our south. These categories could change during the day Saturday as this system evolves and storms develop.
So, the possibility is there that some storms could be severe during the late morning to afternoon. Another round of strong to severe storms could move in locally late Saturday Night and early Sunday Morning. The primary severe threats being damaging wind gusts and hail. The tornado threat is low, but cannot be ruled out. So, please stay weather aware with updates from the StormTrack 9 Team!
Sunday, the severe threat might shift south after the morning. Again, we'll have to watch for that possible storm development late Saturday Night through Sunday Morning. Another round of rain returns for Sunday Afternoon and Evening. By that time, the greater severe threat could shift south as noted on the Sunday Storm Prediction Center Outlook. The map above shows Sunday's local severe threat at "Marginal" to our south.
Heavy rain is another issue as rainfall amounts could be in the 1"-2" range. Some locally higher amounts depending upon isolated storms.
As the main low pressure system moves through from late Sunday and into Monday, expect the wind speeds to pick up as well. A windy Monday Morning with a westerly wind at possibly 15-20mph.
MILD START TO NEXT WEEK
While it won't be quite as warm as the 70s we had late this week, the start of next week should still be mild for January. A bit cooler during the mornings with lows in the upper 30s, but afternoon highs should reach the 50s Monday and Tuesday and possibly low 60s Wednesday. The weekend rain should end through Monday Morning and quite breezy, then drier through Tuesday. A slight chance of rain could occur Wednesday Afternoon and Night.
Colder, more seasonal air returns by next Friday as afternoon highs should drop back into the 40s. Morning lows back to freezing with 32 Friday Morning.
COLDER NEXT WEEKEND
The last weekend of January should feel like it! Cloudy and colder with highs in the mid 40s and morning lows in the 20s. This should be the start of a colder pattern that sticks around through at least the first week of February. As for any snow chances, there might be some clipper systems rolling through during the following week that could provide some flakes. We'll just have to watch the pattern.
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