It's a slippery mix of fog, drizzle, and light showers out there this morning. Be careful on the roads! Fortunately, the soup should clear out before lunch and skies are expected to open up to some well-deserved sunshine and warmer upper 60s this afternoon. Happy Valentine's Day!
The last time we got this warm in Austin was February 4th, with a high of 76. We can thank the southerly breeze for the turnaround in temperatures. It brings both warmth and moisture from the Gulf of Mexico, and you'll likely feel how much more humid the air is out there right now compared to yesterday.
Our computer models reveal quite a bit of sunshine today then, as we look towards the midnight hour, low clouds come back at us along with potential fog and drizzle through early tomorrow. It'll be close to a repeat of today's weather, with skies clearing up by midday to reveal some sunshine and comfort. Tomorrow's highs will range from mid to upper 70s, we believe.
Then, on Friday, it's a reality check: another polar cold front will sweep in with more chilly, Winter winds. And, thanks to a pattern change over North America, the jet stream will be delivering quite a bit of Pacific moisture to Texas. Like a conveyor belt moving overhead, several pieces of upper-level energy will move into the region to activate showers and potential storms throughout the weekend. Rain chance continue into next week, as well.
As it looks now, the long range forecast calls for some potential one inch accumulations in our area over the next 7 days. Be sure to check back here and/or watch 'Weather on the 1s' on TV or the live stream for much more.