Warm and rain-free for Thursday

/ February 24, 2021 at 9:24 PM

We’ll continue our nice weather winning streak into Thursday as temperatures will once again get into the mid-70s under mostly sunny skies. We’ll begin to see some clouds re-enter our skies tomorrow with a little more moisture moving in as a backdoor cold front moves across the Mid-Atlantic during the day, but no rain is expected. Overall, expect another pleasant day across the area.

Friday and the weekend turn a touch more unsettled, but not a washout

The aforementioned backdoor cold front that we’ll be keeping an eye on Thursday should sink south of the area by Friday. Behind the front, a wedge of high pressure will build in from the northeast, ushering in more cloud cover and occasionally some showers. Thankfully, the recent warm weather means that this wedge won’t be quite as severe as what we’ve suffered through recently. Still, shortwave energy traversing the area will be able to generate some shower activity. There’s also hints on the NAM that low pressure could traverse the South Carolina coast on Friday afternoon, which could increase shower coverage in the Lowcountry. High temperatures will run about 10-12° cooler on Friday as compared to much of the rest of this past week.

The wedge is forecast to break down on Saturday as high pressure to our northeast quickly departs, allowing a warm front to lift north across the area. Expect a mix of clouds and sun on Saturday with high temperatures returning to the 70s in the afternoon. A shower or two can’t be ruled out in the morning, but overall it looks like we get the balance of Saturday in rain-free (at least right now).

We should get much of Sunday in rain-free as well. Slight shower chances are in the forecast, owing to some uncertainty on where a backdoor cold front will ultimately end up in the Sunday afternoon and evening timeframe. Highs will once again run about 5-10° above normal for this time of year, closing February on an uncharacteristically (for 2021) warm note.

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