Quiet weather continues this week, making for ideal holiday travel

Published: Nov. 19, 2023 at 7:01 PM CST|Updated: Nov. 20, 2023 at 11:20 AM CST
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An area of low pressure will continue to track through the Southern Plains and into the Ohio River Valley, bringing widespread showers and storms to the Tennessee River Valley. Meanwhile, an upper trough continues to move our direction from the west, dragging an associated cold front across the Northern Plains. The trough and moisture out ahead of the next cold front will make for a cloudy day overall, but it will remain dry. Light easterly breezes will be around while temperatures stay slightly cooler with a lack of sunshine. Highs will be closer to average, in the mid 40s. Later tonight, as cloud cover hangs around, this will once again keep most places in the low 30s as the next cold front pushes through the area.

High pressure retreats as next cold front advances through the Northern Plains
High pressure retreats as next cold front advances through the Northern Plains(weau)

As the primary storm passes safely to the south, we will just see a small chance for a brief rain or snow shower, but most places will likely stay dry while winds shift to the northwest behind the front. Clouds should then give way to some sunshine with highs topping out in the lower 40s. High pressure will briefly build into the Upper Midwest on Wednesday, before a clipper system passes to our north at night. This set up will favor a brief warm up and some perfect weather for holiday travelers through the day. Afternoon highs will climb into the mid and possibly upper 40s. As the clipper tracks to the north/east, it will drag a cold front through our area dry. Winds will again switch back to the northwest, allowing for colder air to take over. Otherwise the nice weather will continue through Thanksgiving, with mainly sunny skies and highs limited to the mid 30s. The colder weather should stick around for a stretch of days, keeping temperatures a bit below average through the final weekend of November. The storm track will remain unfavorable for any major weather systems to impact our part of the country, so dry weather looks to continue with highs hovering close to freezing.