Clouds have cleared out of the way quite nicely, at least to allow a good bit of sunshine in. Clouds are still out there, however. This has allowed temperatures to warm into the upper 70s and lower 80s this afternoon, and this is just the start of the big warming trend for the next several days.
Regional satellite and radar this afternoon shows not only the widespread breaks in the cloud cover here, but also that the rain showers have shifted well to the west of our area. This big disturbance will continue to stay off to the west for the next several days, focusing showers and thunderstorms out over the Plains and Midwest.
In fact, our rain chances have gone away for the next several days. Temperatures will steadily climb as we head through the rest of the week, with highs into the low to mid 80s the next couple of days, and into the upper 80s and lower 90s as we head through the weekend and early next week. This is because a big ridge of high pressure locks in over the East as we head toward the end of the week. High pressure parked over the area this time of year means decreasing clouds and rain chances and increasing temperatures. Our next rain chance locally won't be until around the middle of next week.