Wednesday has been nice so far. A cool morning with clear skies has turned warm. Cloud coverage will increase through the day as the next cold front approaches. A few light and isolated showers are possible, but don’t expect much. The best chance for rain arrives tomorrow with the front.
A second front this week will bring in the best chance for rain for a while, but no cool down. Well, we will cool briefly behind the front. Thursday evening and Friday morning will feel nice as the dry air moves in. Starting Friday afternoon, winds shift quickly and the heat returns. Rainfall amounts with the cold front will be minimal again but could prove higher than the last go-around. Current model trends are focusing on a few tenths of an inch along and north of I-64. Below the interstate, up to a half inch is possible, but most amounts will run around a quarter of an inch. Regardless, all rain counts in a drought, so we’ll take it. We will dry up again going forward. A strong ridge of high pressure will scoot in over the eastern United States and will start blocking. Any storm or cold air mass that tries to make a run south will get deflected away from us, and therefore we sit with hot and dry conditions through the weekend and much of next week. Temperatures will be so warm next week that we’re looking at potentially taking down a few records including daily high temperatures and even the record for the most 90-degree days in October.