After a sunny stretch of weather thanks to a sprawling area of high pressure, it's back to the clouds today and the potential for rain.
With a developing area of low pressure across the central United States, we'll see return flow with an influx of moisture in the low/midlevels of the atmosphere this morning. That will give us a cloudy start on this Monday.
It will be a dry start to the day, but a warm front lifting north toward the area will lead to some rain breaking out this afternoon.
The primary low will track into the Ohio Valley Monday night. This will keep a mild, moist flow across the area with pockets of rain through the night.
It will be a damp start to the day Tuesday, but there will likely be a break in the precipitation as the initial main surge of moisture heads off the Eastern Seaboard and the best energy from this system exits to the east as well. A secondary storm system will dig into the Mississippi Valley Tuesday and into the Ohio and Tennessee valleys Tuesday night. While the primary surface low will continue to swirl near the Great Lakes, a secondary surface low will develop over the mid-Atlantic Tuesday night, then lift northeast along the mid-Atlantic coast Wednesday. Meanwhile, a southwesterly flow will keep things mild for us Tuesday and there can even be some breaks of sunshine.
With the secondary low taking over, the associated cold front will sweep through the area Wednesday along with a couple of showers. It will be one more mild day before colder air filters in behind the front Wednesday night.
Temperatures will be noticeably lower Thursday with a gusty westerly breeze in place. Temperatures will struggle to get out of the 40s despite some sunshine returning.
With the upper storm system holding over the northeastern U.S. for the end of this week, a couple lobes of energy will be rotating around the base of this system. While moisture will be limited with these lobes of energy, we could see an uptick in cloud cover for Friday and perhaps some snow for the mountains on Saturday. It remains breezy through the end of this week and to start the weekend as the pressure gradient remains tight across the mid-Atlantic and southeastern U.S.
Have a great Monday!
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