Cloudy, chilly start to the work week

Good afternoon! The stubborn blanket of clouds that has covered the ArklaTex this morning will linger this afternoon. A few peeks of sunshine will be possible, but expect a cloudy sky. With the clouds lingering a little longer than originally expected, afternoon highs will only be in the low to mid 40s rather than the upper 40s to near 50 degrees. Make sure to keep a heavy jacket handy this afternoon. Despite the clouds, rain is not expected today. Temperatures will slowly drop through the 40s this evening.

With the clouds lingering tonight, the overnight probably won’t be quite as cold as previously though either. Overnight lows will still be in the 30s area wide. Because of the clouds, the potential for freezing temperatures won’t be as high as if we had a clear sky. Freezing temperatures will still be possible some spots, though.

Luckily, Monday will be the coolest day this week. Temperatures will gradually warm the rest of the work week. Highs on Tuesday will be in the mid 50s. Most places will top out near 60 degrees on Wednesday. Thursday and Friday will be the warmest days this week. Highs will be in the upper 60s to near 70 degrees, which is warm for this time of year. Most of this week will be dry as well. A few showers will be possible on Thursday and Friday ahead of our next big weather maker.

The warmer weather will come to a screeching halt late Friday into Saturday as our next strong cold front blasts through the area. This front will bring in a round of rain and a blast of cold air. Rain is likely Friday night into Saturday. A strong NW and much cooler air will follow the front. Temperatures will be in the 60s ahead of the front, but will quickly drop into the 50s and 40s behind it on Saturday. Sunday will be dry, but very chilly. We could wake to temperatures in the 20s on Sunday and highs might only be near 40 degrees.

Happy Monday!

KSLA First Alert Meteorologist James Parish

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