Friday, November 16, 2012

A dry, mild weekend and look ahead to the Thanksgiving Day forecast

High pressure currently centered over the Great Lakes is dominating the weather for the central and eastern U.S., including the Mid-South. The area of high pressure is bringing cool and rain free conditions to the metro with temperatures ranging from highs in the low and mid 60s to lows in the upper 30s and low 40s. These conditions will continue throughout the weekend and into Monday and are very near average for this time of year.

Massive high pressure centered over the Great Lakes will continue to bring pleasant conditions to the Mid-South
Monday evening and overnight into Tuesday a weak cold front will move towards the metro.  At this time rain chances with this system look very slight, and any precipitation would fall in the form of light rain showers. Temperatures will not change much from Monday to Tuesday even after the front moves through the metro.

The remainder of the week will see temperatures increasing 2-3 degrees each day with pleasant conditions. Thanksgiving Day and Black Friday are looking gorgeous with sunny skies and afternoon high temperatures in the upper 60s.  In fact, much of the U.S. can expect dry and mild conditions on Thanksgiving Day with no expected travel issues except perhaps to the Pacific Northwest.

The next chance for rainfall in the metro will come sometime next weekend and that could affect holiday travel (and shopping). It is too soon for exact details, but MWN will keep you updated on this possibility as the week progresses.

--Patrick Luckett, MWN Intern

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