The winds are relaxing and the region is now going to be warming slightly over the next couple of days. The normal high for today should be 47, may not get there but we will be continuing our climb toward an above normal high. Looks like the skies have cleared and there will be another cold night ahead, but then the flow of air switches to more of a southerly flow and that is what will help us moderate a bit temperature-wise. Dry and cold start Thursday will see a quick rise toward 50 in the afternoon.
Clouds will arrive late in the day Thursday ahead of a cold front that will arrive from the west. The cold front will tap into a pool of moisture from the region will see rain and a bit of sleet and snow and some pockets of freezing rain before sunrise Friday and continue into the middle of the morning. Our wet pattern will be a quick one and done on Friday and most of the area will see rain. Not a lot of rain is anticipated, so it should get rid of some of the lingering snow on the ground. Foggy conditions will be an issue on Friday morning as the warmer air and rain interact with the snow on the ground. Friday afternoon looks to be breezy and drying with highs in the upper 40s.
Saturday will be a nice day overall as we will be dealing with mostly sunny skies and temps about right for early February. The forecast for Sunday is a bit tricky but the models are starting to come together on the solution for the forecast.
The thought of a few inches of snow and ice on Sunday morning was being introduced by the European Model with some intensity. Other models were keeping the region on the fringe of some rain to the south along with snow in the mountains. All this does is add doubt to the track of an area of low pressure that is forecast to form over Georgia late Saturday and move off the coast of South Carolina Saturday night. The path will determine our weather. The current thinking is that the low will push far enough off the coast to restrict the amount of moisture that will arrive west of Interstate 85. That means that we should see some cloud cover and possibly some rain in Halifax and Charlotte counties, but little else. The front coming in from the NW will provide a bit of snow to the mountains, but not much further east than the foothills. In essence we are in-between the low off the coast and the front in the mountains. All signs now point to the drier solution. We will keep an eye on this as it will be evolving over time.
Then there is the original thought of the bitter arctic blast that was forecast to arrive Monday. That thought process is dwindling and the bitter cold air will not be nearly as cold as anticipated. But that too will be changing with time. All things considered there is a lot to consider.