One more warm, partially sunny day. Rain arrives Friday. Unsettled looking next week.
We're all quiet on the home front this afternoon as we are situated between the next scheduled cold front to our north and a disturbance off the Southeast coast. Mostly sunny skies are in place, and we expect that to continue for most of Thursday as well, although there may be a touch more in the way of cloud cover. Afternoon highs will again be in the lower 80s for your Thursday. Clouds will be on the increase heading into Thursday night ahead of that cold front as it approaches, and that and southerly winds across our area will help to keep temperatures from dropping out of the low to mid 60s overnight.
Rain chances increase on Friday as the cold front approaches and then pushes through the area. There may be a few showers during the first half of the day, but the better chances of rain will be during the afternoon and evening when scattered showers and thunderstorms along and ahead of the front will move through the area. Fortunately, the ingredients will not be there for a severe weather threat.
Temperatures will still be warm ahead of the front on Friday, in the upper 70s to near 80, but only take a slight dip behind the front on Saturday with low to mid 70s expected. Then, we begin to warm again Sunday and Monday ahead of the next frontal boundary that will affect the area.
Low pressure moves up the front from the Plains into the Ohio Valley, bringing the front closer and then stalling it near the area as southwest flow aloft sets up over the area and the front gets oriented parallel to the direction of the upper-level winds. Multiple impulses will ride up the front from Monday through at least Wednesday next week, and each impulse will carry with it the potential for a round of rain to move through our area. It won't rain the entire time during this period by any means, but it's pretty likely that next week, overall, will be pretty unsettled with multiple rounds of rain showers at times. Fortunately, we have no reason to believe ingredients necessary for a severe weather threat will come together at any point next week either, despite there being a big temperature contrast along the front.