Well, it's still pretty murky over parts of the Southeast this evening, but at least the sun finally came out farther west and warmed things up some today. Still, Raleigh's and Charlotte's high was more typical of early December. We should, however, finally get some sun into these areas tomorrow.
Not much has changed since yesterday. Two largely moisture starved fronts will cross the Southeast over the rest of the workweek, blunting the general warmup that we will see over the next few days. The coolest air will stay north although I remain concerned that the last high coming down will get wedged in Friday and perhaps Saturday in the Carolinas and Virginia.
The drier air is filtering into Florida, as promised. The state looks mostly rain free through Friday except for some easterly flow showers along the east side of the peninsula, mostly south of the Space Coast. South Florida will see an influx of moisture this weekend, areas farther north likely stay dry.
No significant moisture should reach the Southeast until at least Sunday, Monday for some areas.
West of the Mississippi, things will be different. Fronts are only going to get so far south and west before stalling because of and upper ridge of high pressure that will grow over Texas this week and then drift eastward. Persistent southeasterly winds in this area will gradually moisten things up and warm things up as well. It will be almost summery in a lot of Texas, but farther north and east it can get unsettled as the fronts move in and stall. There can even be a few strong storms in Oklahoma and Arkansas.
The main concern remains the storm we'll be dealing with this weekend, though. Currently, it's spinning west of San Francisco and through Thursday, it will mosey it's way southward and then eastward through the deserts. It will start to cause problems in Texas and Oklahoma Friday afternoon with some severe storms breaking out, but I think the worst of the severe weather is going to hit Saturday in the Plains. The area from North Texas to eastern Kansas and western Missouri will be the main area to worry about, and I fear that tornadoes will be included.
We still have a few tropical critters to watch, too.
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A weak storm and moderately cold air will bring some snow and ice to parts of the Plains tonight and early tomorrow. After that, we get nice and warm until next week's storm.
The Carolinas and Virginia get rain, snow and ice tonight and tomorrow from storm 1, then we get a nice weekend and start to next week. But another storm around the middle next week will bring the cold back.
With the storm track farther south, a major winter storm is hitting the South. There will be some storms to deal with in the warm sector as well. Another storm later this week could drop snow, too!
The main event over the next few days will be a storm that causes a lot of snow and ice to the north and some severe weather to the south. There will also be a storm of some sort next week.
Something about the title doesn't make sense, does it? Spring is approaching but colder air will continue to take over in the coming days, leading to snow chances.
Where it has wanted to snow this year, it looks as though it will snow some more. There will be no short supply of cold over the next week, but how far south will it penetrate?