After another unseasonably strong cold front, we'll be getting back to normal this weekend. Temperatures will be back up to near average, and rain chances, although slight, will be in the forecast almost daily over the next week. Once again, we look at the upper levels and the jet stream to show us why.
High pressure aloft will build northward from the Gulf of Mexico this weekend forcing the jet stream to take a more northerly track across the country. That will give us the warmer temperatures, but it will also keep us out of the path of any major weather-makers. An upper low coming in from the Pacific will weaken as it moves across the Rockies, passing to our north over the Plains. However, it will open the door to more weak disturbances coming in from the west which could, on any given day, trigger showers or thunderstorms. It appears the strongest of the disturbances and the best chance of rain for us will come on Sunday and again on Tuesday. The ridge weakens a bit toward the middle of next week causing a cold front to move southward across the state, but at this point the front does not look nearly as strong as the last few.