After a foggy start, the sun is shining brightly over the area and temperatures are heating up quickly. We'll be topping out in the mid-upper 80s this afternoon with dry conditions expected through the evening commute! As a mid-level ridge builds over the area, highs will reach the upper 80s Thursday afternoon with increasing moisture potentially sparking a few showers and storms. Better rain chances arrive on Friday as our next cold front approaches the area.
Although we'll top out in the mid-upper 80s again on Friday, a dramatic drop in temperatures is anticipated into the weekend. Timing-wise, scattered showers and storms look to arrive in our NW counties around lunchtime Friday, progressing to the SE into the evening hours. This could impact some of those Friday evening football games, so be sure to bring an umbrella and stay weather aware in case any stronger storms push through your area. A few showers could even linger into Saturday morning.
Once this front pushes through, gusty winds out of the north will usher in MUCH cooler temperatures. We will struggle to reach 70° on Saturday and temperatures will likely fall into the 40s and 50s across the state waking up Sunday morning. As our cold front stalls out and then eventually lifts slightly northward as a warm front into the end of the weekend, a few more showers will be possible as we wrap up the weekend and head into the upcoming work week. After another slight warm-up next week, another front will push through... This will continue our roller coaster temperature trend through the end of the 7-day forecast!