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Weather Words: January 30

Waiting for Winter? You'll have to wait longer, friend.

Welcome to the first of what I hope will be many quick bursts of weather thoughts, forecast notes, and observations. While I admit that blogging isn't my strong point, I'll do my best to keep this going on a daily (or close to daily) basis. Consider it more of a "reality check" with the day's weather and what's coming down the line if you will, though I'll leave it open for possible morphing into another form.

The engine behind our weather for today and tomorrow is a large area of high pressure located off the Carolina coast. This will not only drive storms and atmospheric activity far to our north, but it will start scooping warmer air from Texas and the Gulf. This warm air will trickle our way for Tuesday and Wednesday, sending highs well into the 60s. In fact, some may flirt with 70 degrees by Wednesday afternoon.

Groundhog Day is Thursday, and while we will wait for Punxsutawney Phil's prediction, our weather here will transition into rainy, cooler times. Showers Thursday afternoon will lead to a cool down for Friday and the weekend with highs in the upper 40s. More rain is pegged for Saturday and Sunday, and I'll be watching overnight temperatures closely for any below freezing numbers. That would mean we'd see a bit of some form of wintry precipitation, be it snow, sleet, or freezing rain. Keep in mind though that's still SEVERAL days out.

For now, enjoy the warmth (if you can) and remember that you don't have to shovel sunshine and 65 degrees.

3, 2, 1, fade out.

~Travis Koshko

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