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PM Update: Increasing clouds, unsettled weather returns

So, we lucked out on Wednesday. A very weak mid level ridge and transition between disturbances allowed for pleasant conditions and high pressure. Temperatures fell several degrees from the past few days, but more notably, so did the humidity. Highs in the upper 70’s and lower 80’s were commonplace throughout the area Wednesday afternoon. Partly cloudy skies brought pleasant conditions as well, with a light breeze. It was, by all means, a winner of a day.

The same won’t be true for Thursday. Beginning tonight, high clouds will stream in as a disturbance approaches from the Ohio Valley. Moisture will return to the air and showers will be possible as early as overnight Wednesday. With the increased moisture, showers, and clouds, will come high temperatures only int he 70’s on Thursday. No severe weather threat is anticipated, with cooler more stable air in place throughout the area.

Forecast models show clouds, showers, and cooler temperatures on Thursday.

Forecast models show clouds, showers, and cooler temperatures on Thursday.

The unsettled pattern will stick around, as we warned yesterday. While transitional days between disturbances are likely to provide some break in the rain and dreary conditions, the overall trend will continue. Friday and Saturday, currently, look like the best stretch of weather in the near future. Decreasing clouds on Friday and a pleasant Saturday are anticipated with high pressure nosing into the area.

But lurking for Sunday will be the remnants of TS Bill, as we discussed yesterday. Forecast models haven’t been able to lend us much confidence with their waffling on the exact track and intensity of the system’s remnants. What we do know, however, is that clouds and showers will be likely on Sunday and Monday. Tropical remnants will often bring enhanced precipitable water values as well — the atmosphere is much more moist and able to produce much more rain.

For now, we’ll have to get through a dreary Thursday and then enjoy Friday and Saturday as best we can. We’ll have updated details on TS Bill and how it will affect our area in the coming 24 hours.

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