Dry and mild Sunday before temperatures cool off through Thanksgiving week

Published: Nov. 18, 2023 at 4:30 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 19, 2023 at 7:00 AM CST
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Today’s weather will basically be a carbon copy of how we started off the weekend as high pressure continues to dominate over the Northern Great Lakes. Mainly sunny skies are expected with some high clouds rolling in by mid to late this afternoon as a deepening low pressure system moves across the Southern Plains. We’ll have light winds from the east and southeast as temperatures climb back above average to the low and mid-50s. Clouds will continue to gradually increase tonight with a mainly cloudy sky starting off Thanksgiving week tomorrow. Winds will turn occasionally breezy out of the east-southeast behind high pressure to the east, while the storm system to our south crosses into the Lower Mississippi Valley. Dry air will keep any precipitation at bay locally as temperatures climb into the mid-40s. That said, a few stray showers or sprinkles can’t be ruled out at night as a cold front moves in from the northwest.

High pressure lingers over the Great Lakes as a storm system comes together in the Southern...
High pressure lingers over the Great Lakes as a storm system comes together in the Southern Plains(WEAU)

The boundary will exit to the south and east early Tuesday morning, leaving us with breezy northwest winds under a partly to mostly sunny sky. As we head into Turkey Day on Thursday, there have been some changes to the forecast temperature-wise as model guidance is now indicating a delay in the colder air arriving from Canada. Instead of highs in the upper 20s on Wednesday and around 30 for Thanksgiving as the forecast originally called for, it looks like we’ll be seasonable near 40 on Wednesday and into the mid-30s on Thursday. By Black Friday and into the final weekend of November, however, temperatures do look to turn unseasonably cold as there are indications for an upper trough to start carving out over the Plains. The result will be highs in the upper 20s and low 30s. Weather-wise, we’ll stay dry with intervals of clouds and sunshine expected each day.