Easterly winds will gradually become more southerly today in advance of a cold front that stretches from near Chicago to the Texas Panhandle. Our temperatures should end up almost 10 degrees above average this afternoon, but the cold front will move rapidly southeastward and should be almost on top of us first thing Monday morning. Much of the dynamics needed to produce the lift necessary for precipitation will remain well to our north over the Mid Atlantic and Northeastern United States. We can only expected a broken line of weakening showers associated with the front at the very most. Skies will quickly clear and the winds will increase from the northwest Monday afternoon behind the front. Since our temperatures will start so warm, we should manage to reach the 70-degree mark Monday afternoon under abundant sunshine. Clear skies, diminishing wind and the drier air will permit temperatures to drop rapidly Monday night. A brief light freeze is looking likely in the sandy soil belt that stretches from Southern Leon County to the Suwannee River Valley. Most other areas should stay just a little above freezing. Tuesday's high temperatures will be exactly opposite from today's (i.e. running about 5 degrees below average). A quick warm up may occur Wednesday, but then another cold front is scheduled to arrive on Wednesday night according to the latest model runs. So after another shot at 70 on Wednesday, we may struggle to get out of the 60s on Thursday.
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