Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Back to winter, for a minute...

Quickie blog today, mainly to pass on our "Social Media 6-Day" forecast to you. It's a continuation of the roller coaster ride we've been on lately! A cold front stalled over the area last night. As it pulled back to the north this morning right around sunrise, dense fog formed. it honestly was some of the "pea soup-iest" I had seen in a long time!

As I sat at the intersection of Winchester and Plough Boulevard on the northwest corner of the airport about 8:15am, I couldn't see the control tower. And not just the top of it, which happens sometimes, but NONE of it! And yet, there was FedEx, landing planes anyway! I marvel at how those jets and their flight crews can operate in such harrowing circumstances as not seeing the runway until you're over it.

The fog lifted by mid-morning and this afternoon, that front got one more push south, shifting wind back to the north, starting a temperature drop that will continue until tomorrow morning, when it will end up about 40° cooler than this afternoon's high just above 70° with wind chills down in the 20s. If you're heading out this evening, take a coat. Temperatures will be in the 40s with a gusty north wind up to 25-30 mph.

Tomorrow we're back to winter. Sun returns, but the mercury tops out in the mid 40s. A clear night is expected Thursday night with lows near freezing. As wind begins to shift towards the south Thursday night, it picks up Friday, pushing temperatures BACK into the 60s! South wind taps into some Gulf moisture Saturday with highs back above 70°, despite abundant cloud cover and widely scattered light showers or sprinkles dotting the radar.

The next cold front arrives Sunday with plenty of moisture and some instability to work with. Look for showers and thunderstorms, especially the second half of the day, and another warm one on tap as highs again reach near 70. Early next week looks like off and on showers with seasonal temps. More on that as it gets closer. Here's that forecast (and bless you...I know your sinuses love it):

Erik Proseus
MWN Meteorologist

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