The chill is going to stick around for a while!
The colder air has finally arrived, and it should stick around for a while.
CLOUDY AND CHILLY WEDNESDAY/THURSDAY
Morning temperatures should be in the 30s for most areas locally Wednesday Morning. A brisk northerly wind and lingering clouds for most of the day. The cold front that move through the Tennessee Valley Tuesday, should stall along the Gulf Coast keeping cloud cover locally with some peaks of sun at times. But, afternoon temperatures should remain chilly in the 30s. A reinforcing shot of colder air should move in through Thursday. A mix of clouds and sun through the day and breezy at times. Morning temperatures in the low/mid 30s and afternoon highs again staying in the 40s.
EVEN COLDER LATE WEEK & THE WEEKEND
An strong upper level flow from the northwest should continue to bring a few more rounds of very cold air into the Southeast. By Friday, afternoon temperatures should again stay in the 40s under a cloudy to at times partly cloudy sky. What will be interesting to watch is for the possibility of a wintry mix, not local, but to our south near Atlanta and farther south. Some overrunning precipitation from the Gulf could combined with colder air from the north could allow for that mixing to our south.
Now, while that wintry chance could stay to our south, there remains the chance that some flurries could occur locally from another system moving in locally Saturday Afternoon. This will be due to a clipper system moving in that will bring yet another round of much colder air Saturday and Sunday. Moisture looks limited, but just enough for some flurries possible. But, no problems or accumulation expected. The higher terrain for the Smokies and Blue Ridge Mtns could have some light accumulation Saturday Afternoon and Night.
The bigger issue continues to be the even colder air moving in. Afternoon highs could again stay in the low 40s Saturday and Sunday. Morning lows by Sunday and next Monday morning could dip into the 20s.
COLD CONTINUES NEXT WEEK
The longer range models continue to show a cold pattern through next week. We could "warm" to the lower 50s and dry Monday. But, another blast of cold air from the northwest could drop our high temperatures back to the 40s Tuesday and even a few flurries. So, mid to late next week continues to look quite cold with daily highs in the 40s and morning lows in the 20s.
As always, you can depend on the StormTrack 9 Team for updates!