Clouds are hanging tough across the Tennessee Valley on this Monday, but there are occasional peaks of sunshine here and there. With that cloud cover behind the cold front that brought rain to the area yesterday, temperatures are much more like a February afternoon! Temperatures are just now warming out of the 40s into the low to mid 50s, and I think we're going to stay below 60 degrees most everywhere today.
Futurecast is actually not handling the cloud cover all that well today, showing that we are mostly sunny. Because of this, temperatures today will be several degrees cooler than modeling is showing. I do think we make the mid to maybe upper 50s across the area, but we should generally stay below 60 degrees. We fall back toward the 40s after dark and then by daybreak on Tuesday morning, many of us are down into the mid 30s. A few of us may be near the freezing mark, especially over southern Tennessee. This means it may be a good idea to cover those plants tonight, just in case. We do have much more in the way of sunshine for Tuesday, and that should allow us to get to near 60 degrees by the mid to late afternoon.
High pressure over our area Tuesday shifts eastward as we head into midweek. That means southerly winds start back up, and that means warming temperatures. Highs on Wednesday will be in the upper 60s to lower 70s, with maybe a few showers possible Wednesday into Thursday. As we head into late week and the weekend, a ridge of high pressure in the upper levels builds in, and we're talking about the low to maybe even middle 80s for daytime highs as we head into Friday and the weekend! Beyond that, our next real chance of rain looks to come early next week.