CLEARING SKIES THIS AFTERNOON

TAKE A RIDE ON THE MILD SIDE!

AREAS OF FROST AND FOG POSSIBLE TONIGHT

WARMER BY THE WEEKEND!

This Afternoon: Mostly sunny. Not as cool. Highs 56-62. North wind 10 mph or less.

Tonight: Mostly clear and cold. Areas of frost likely. Lows 29-35. Light wind.

Friday: Partly cloudy skies. Highs 63-69. West wind 10 mph or less.

Tomorrow Night: Mostly clear and seasonable. Lows 31-38. Light wind.

Weather Summary:

We are tracking a broad area of high pressure in the StormTrack 5 Weather Center. This system will continue to nudge further southward from the Great Lakes, supplying us with descending air and more sunshine than what we’ve seen over the past 24 hours.  That sunshine will take its sweet time to show today, though, as a low-level cloud deck is sticking around for a bit.

Low pressure strengthening near New England will act together with the aforementioned high to give us some seasonably cool conditions for today.  As low pressure drifts east, that will allow our skies to clear a bit more.  With a cooler and drier airmass already in place, we cannot rule out frost on Friday morning.  If you have any plants or pets that are sensitive to the cold, remember to keep them indoors for the night.

StormTrack 5 meteorologists are tracking a weak cold front that will zip through the region Friday afternoon into Saturday. It appears that we will not see enough moisture to create much more than increased clouds at times. The clouds will move east of the area late Saturday and we will see clearing and cool conditions Saturday night.

This afternoon, the disturbance is sparking a line of very light showers to our west.  It appears unlikely that those showers will move into our area as high pressure will essentially block it out.

Behind this weaker front, high pressure will yet again take control of the weather.  You won’t hear anyone complaining about that though!  High pressure at the surface and ‘ridging’ in the upper levels will promote descending air, meaning more sunshine for the latter half of the weekend and beginning of next week. 

Come Monday and Tuesday, we will be under the influence of "warm-sector" weather.  Ahead of our next cold front, winds will turn from the southwest.  This will supply us with much warmer air.  We’re talking high temperatures in the low to mid 70s!  As this next storm system pushes eastward, it is poised to weaken and lift to the northeast.  All this would mean is increasing clouds on Tuesday and a chance of scattered showers and isolated thunderstorms on Wednesday.  That’s how it seems for now.  If anything changes between now and then, you will hear it and see it from us on air, mobile and on the web.

Highs near 60 Thursday and mid to upper 60s Friday through Sunday. Highs in the lower to middle 70s Monday and Tuesday. Lows will be in the mid 30s to near 40 tonight through Sunday night and low to mid 40s Monday night and Tuesday night.

You can get the latest forecast and weather information on News 5, WCYB.com, and on the StormTrack 5 weather app.

Partial Solar Eclipse:  This afternoon, starting around 5:30, a partial solar eclipse will take to the sky.  Its peak time is around sunset, which today is 6:43 PM.  We do want to remind you that it isn't the best idea to look into the Sun.  For additional information on this event and viewing tips, visit our weather blog at this link:

http://www.wcyb.com/weather/stormtrack-5-weather-blog/partial-solar-eclipse-late-thursday/29288798


Our normal high is 67°, low 41°.

Meteorologist Chris Michaels and David Boyd