Once again, the Tri-State finds itself under the threat for another frosty, subfreezing start to our day - before we get there however, let's talk about this evening; After reaching a high temperature of 50° for our second straight afternoon in Evansville, the evening ahead looks as though it will be just as chilly as our Tuesday night. The mercury will first dip toward the low 40s by dinnertime before seeing our temperatures closer to 38° or so by 10 o'clock. As for tomorrow morning, the combination of clear skies and weak northerly winds will push temperatures into the upper 20s for many of us early Thursday. In fact, Evansville's anticipated low of 29° would mark our coldest start to a day in more than 7 months! The last time we dealt with temperatures that cold was on the morning of April 2nd when we tumbled all the way down to 27°!
Fortunately, our forecast ahead isn't all bitter cold - actually, temperatures are expected to gradually climb through the remainder of our work week and even into early next week! The complex of higher pressure responsible for forcing all of this cold, Canadian air into the Midwest and Ohio Valley will slowly push eastward, eventually settling in over the Eastern Seaboard and southeastern quarter of the country resulting in our brisk northerly wind flow shifting southward. While Thursday's high of 51° won't necessarily be helped along by those southerly winds, Friday's anticipated high of 54° most certainly will. Granted those two temperatures remain well below average for this time of the year, but we'll take what we can get.
The southerly winds look like they'll stick around though much of next week - temperatures will continue to climb throughout the Tri-State, allowing us to peak back into the upper 60s and low 70s for the first time in about two weeks! The current model data suggests that we'll hit 66° come Sunday and even reach 70° in Evansville by next Monday afternoon! The long range model runs however, are indicating that our next round of rainfall could reach the Tri-State as early as next Tuesday - a stalled cold front may produce scattered showers thoughout the Ohio Valley that day. A better chnace for precip may arrive next Thursday and Friday, leaving us with not only more rain, but a significant drop in temperatures late next week!