Monday, January 7, 2013

Low level moisture clears out of the Appalachians today courtesy of high pressure building overhead. Forecast will stay dry through Wednesday. Temperatures stay in the 30s this afternoon under clearing skies. Tonight will be mainly clear with lows falling into the low/mid 20s. Warmer and sunny Tuesday with highs hitting 50 across most of the low-lying areas of the Mountain State. The northern mountain counties will be slower to let go of the cold air and highs will only reach the mid/upper 40s on Tuesday. Daytime temperatures will continue to hit the 50s this week. Some places will even see highs in the low 60s by Friday! But moisture returns to our forecast area in the form of rain showers Wednesday night. Periods of rain are expected Thursday and Friday. 

Image, courtesy of Unysis Weather shows this morning's 500 mb analysis. We're directly under the light blue 'H' this morning. That means mainly clear skies & dry weather for the first half of this week. Then that low pressure system rotating over southern CA/AZ will trek across the nation's mid-section, arriving with rain and above normal temperatures by Thursday/Friday. Pants optional! Have a great week!