Dry is the best way to describe the weather this week. A few disturbances will pass by, bringing cooler air in but no rain. This morning was the coldest it’s been so far this season. The previous coldest day was yesterday at 29°.
The cold air produced some “frost flowers” this morning. Heather posted this photo on my facebook page. Frost flowers are formed when temperatures fall below freezing but the ground is still warm enough that the plant’s root system is alive. The plants draw water from their roots and it flows to the stem. In the stem the moisture freezes and the tiny ice crystals burst out the the thin stem and form these little ice sculptures. They don’t last long, but they are beautiful.
A south wind will help keep the temperatures up through tomorrow. Temperatures will fall into the 30s by tomorrow morning. Tomorrow afternoon will be partly cloudy and milder, with a high in the lower 60s.
A dry cold front slides by Wednesday, that will lower the temperatures in the afternoon to near 50 degrees. So, the rest of the week looks perfect for holiday travel or staying right here in the Mid State. Thanksgiving Day should be wonderful, just a little cool with a high in the low 50s.
Friday things start to warm again to near 60 degrees in the afternoon. The weekend is looking good too. Saturday partly cloudy high in the mid 60s. Sunday another dry front brings cooler air into the area.
I’ll have an update on News 4 at 10pm.