Warm days and chilly nights will continue around Atlanta and northern Georgia through Black Friday, before cooler air arrives this weekend.
A zone of high pressure extends from the northern Gulf Coast to New England and Atlantic Canada through the end of the week.
However, a cold front will sweep through the area Friday night with only a stray shower.
The front will slash temperatures by nearly 20 degrees or so Saturday. Temperatures will trend upward Sunday into Monday.
Local travel weather will remain about as good as it gets for the middle of November through the weekend, despite fluctuating temperatures.
Skyline of Midtown Atlanta, Ga., and Lake Meer from Piedmont Park. Image by Photos.com
For those heading to the beaches this weekend, a storm at sea can continue to bring locally rough surf and strong rip currents through Friday from North Carolina to the Florida Atlantic coast. Gulf waters will be tranquil.
The chance of rain will increase Monday night as a storm reaches the Mississippi Valley.
The most likely time for showers and perhaps thunderstorms, as well as travel delays in the Atlanta area, would be Tuesday into Tuesday evening. Parts of the South could experience severe thunderstorms from the system.
The storm, currently over the northern Pacific Ocean is forecast to move southeastward over the Rockies this weekend.
In terms of potential travel delays, and current forecast speed, the same storm could spread a dose of rain to the swath from Washington, D.C. to New York City and Boston Tuesday into Wednesday. A swath of snow on the northwestern flank of the storm is possible.
Sunday's NASCAR race in Bristol, Tenn., may turn into a washout following a dry start to the weekend.
Colder air will slowly filter across the Cleveland area this weekend following a mild end to the week.
Colder air will slowly filter across the Detroit area this weekend following a mild end to the week.
The temperature roller-coaster ride will continue through St. Patrick's Day for the Boston area.
Those celebrating St. Patrick's Day through the weekend will be dodging showers.
The Pennsylvania capital will be seeing a roller-coaster ride of temperatures through the weekend.
Upper Midwest (1941)
Severe modern blizzard in North Dakota: 39 dead in ND; 32 dead in MN; 85 mph wind gust in Grand Forks; 75 mph wind gust in Duluth. The coldest front crossed Minnesota in 7 hours, at 30 mph.
Amarillo, TX (1935)
Worst dust storm on record.
Cape Sable Island, (1993)
50-60 foot waves generated by the "Storm of the Century" sank the freighter "Gold Bond Conveyor" near Cape Sable Island just after leaving Halifax. All 33 on board were killed.