Rainy pattern this week - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Rainy pattern this week

Several chances for rain this week but the weekend looks much better Several chances for rain this week but the weekend looks much better

It was a wet start to the week and more rain is in the forecast.

A warm front advanced north through the Mid-South on Monday, triggering scattered showers over much of the WMC Action News 5 coverage area. The front stalled to the north Monday night and a slightly drier air mass settled in, allowing for a brief break from the rain.

Tuesday morning, a disturbance moved out of the Great Lakes region and forced the stalled front south and back into the Mid-South in the form of a cold front. This brought scattered showers Tuesday morning, and could bring a few more in the afternoon-. 

That front will again stall, this time to our south. Current forecast models indicate upper level disturbances riding from west to east along the front. This will keep clouds in the area and a slight chance for a few isolated showers Wednesday and Thursday.  

A more potent system is expected to develop in the southwest and move east late Thursday and into Friday.  A developing cold front with this system will move through our area, bringing better chances for rain and possibly a few thunderstorms late Thursday night and well into Friday.

Fortunately, the front will continue moving east Friday night, leaving behind a calmer, drier pattern for the weekend. As for temperatures this week, we can expect highs to reach the upper seventies to lower eighties Tuesday ahead of the cold front.

Cooler air spilling in from the northern tier of the U.S. late Tuesday will hold high temperatures in the lower seventies Wednesday and mid to upper seventies Thursday. Rain on Friday will also keep temperatures below average, again only reaching the mid to upper seventies.  

As clouds decrease Saturday afternoon, highs will reach the upper seventies. A full day of sunshine Sunday will result in high temperatures being at or above the average of lower eighties.  

So, for the next few days keep the umbrella and the WMC Action News 5 Storm Tracker app handy. You may want to also start making outdoor plans for the weekend because the extended forecast looks good.  

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