*Reminder that a Dense Fog Advisory is in effect until 10 AM this morning. Be careful during the morning commute!*
Outside of fog, temperatures are quite mild this morning, sitting around 51° as of 6:30 AM. Given southerly winds, temperatures should warm to around 60° under mostly cloudy skies. Some light rain and drizzle will be possible during the morning hours, but it should scurry out of here shortly.
We’ll once again deal with light rain showers overnight. South winds around 10 mph, and thick cloud cover will keep temperatures mild, only dropping to around 57°.
Our main focus will be on Thursday. A strong cold front is forecast to move through the region Thursday evening. Strong southerly winds will lead to temperatures warming into the mid 60s on Thursday afternoon, but don’t let that fool you.
The cold front will bring a very sharp drop in temperatures. Temperatures could drop 20 to 25 degrees in a matter of mere hours. This will lead to a quick transition from rain to freezing rain, to a wintry mix, and finally to snow by Friday morning. Below is simulated radar valid 6 PM Thursday to 6 AM Saturday
The Friday morning commute will be negatively impacted. Accumulations of ice, sleet, and snow will be possible as of this forecast. What I’m not sure of is amounts, but what I am sure of is that travel will be impacted. Below are the latest thoughts from the National Weather Service.
Snow is expected to stick around on Friday. Highs on Friday may remain stuck in the upper 20s with a strong northerly wind.
There are some caveats to this forecast. An eastward trend in wintry precipitation has been noted on weather models. This somewhat lessens confidence in significant impacts. However, I still think we’ll see travel impacts on Friday.
I’ll have another forecast dedicated to winter storm potential this afternoon. Thanks for stopping by and I hope you have a great day!
-Meteorologist Jacob Wilkins