Hello everyone, and Happy Valentine's Day! High pressure will continue to nudge eastward through the morning, and this will help push what's left of the cloud cover associated with last night's low pressure system out to sea. As a result, we get to enjoy a day that can only be described as such: Lovely. High temps will moderate in the upper 40s with a light wind to add just a slight chill to the air. After a slightly warmer night tonight, we really kick the thermometer into warmer territory. A combination of the region being under the influence of our core of high pressure's return flow (the western side of the ridge with winds generally out of the south and west) and an approaching cold front will allow for temperatures on Friday to rise well into the mid 50s for many of us. The cold front that will pass Friday night has very little moisture associated with it, but it does usher in some rather chilly air behind it. While both days this weekend will feel the chill, it will be Sunday that holds the distinction of being the chillier day. Highs on Saturday will reach the mid to upper 30s, while Sunday struggles to reach the low to mid 30s.
President's Day will remain dry and a bit warmer than the weekend, but we really don't warm up again until Tuesday. Highs climb back into the 50s, but it comes at the cost of a cold front that will give the area a good chance for some rainfall. If enough cold air is funneled in behind it, we may see a brief switch to snow. There isn't much agreement to that last portion of the forecast, but it is at least worth monitoring and mentioning. Stay posted on the latest weather developments by following Dan and myself on Facebook and Twitter.
Have a great day, and a Happy Valentine's Day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt