By late January standards, it is a beautiful day across the Tennessee Valley so far. Skies are clear and blue with not a cloud around just yet. Those will be moving in later today though. Temperatures are well up into the 50s everywhere, with most of us topping out in the mid 50s today, if not a few degrees warmer.
Clouds will be quickly increasing as we head toward the evening hours as a Gulf storm system moves just south of us and the next cold front approaches from the north. However, it looks like the moisture is going to stay south, and we don't expect any rain chances (or any other precip chances) overnight. That front is coming through in dry fashion and slips into the area during the morning hours of Tuesday. By afternoon on Tuesday, despite decreasing clouds, many of us will only reach the upper 30s and lower 40s for daytime highs. As clouds continue to clear overnight, we get downright cold again with overnight lows once again heading for the upper teens on Tuesday night.
High pressure centers over the mid Mississippi Valley on Wednesday, and that drives a still northerly breeze in here. So, despite mostly sunny skies, it will be a chilly and raw day with afternoon highs barely making it to the mid 30s. By Thursday, that high will be shifting east, and winds will be becoming more southerly again. This gets temperatures back into the mid 40s before the next system approaches Friday. This will be another Gulf low type system. As of right now, we don't have any rain or wintry mix chances in the forecast, however, this will be a stronger system than the early week front, and we will have to monitor the latest data to see if that changes and moisture tries to creep northward. It is very possible that we may have to add precip chances in for Friday if things trend toward more moisture available.