Windy, cooler conditions in parts of the Mid-South on Thursday - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Windy, cooler conditions in parts of the Mid-South on Thursday

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) -

The weather pattern may get a little tricky the next few days as a big low pressure system sinks into the Ohio Valley. This is what we call an upper level low and we have a saying about these “upper level low = weatherman’s (or woman’s) woe”.

These systems are difficult to forecast in regard to movement, temperatures, and amount of cloud cover. The Mid-South is going to be on the western edge of this upper level low. That means we will see cool air advection thanks to a northerly flow and also some clouds, especially over west Tennessee closer to the low. There will likely be a decent temperatures gradient as well on Thursday with cooler temperatures northeast of Memphis and warmer temperatures southwest of Memphis. Here is a quick time line with graphics on what to expect.

WEDNESDAY AFTERNOON – Highs in the low to mid 80s before cold front moves through in the evening. It will be breezy with gusts to 15 mph.

The low pressure system over Kentucky will keep some parts of west Tennessee in the 60s. Below is the European model forecast Thursday at noon. It shows low 70s in  Memphis with 60s in northwest Tennessee and even some 50s back toward Nashville. 

THURSDAY – Below is the cloud forecast from the European model at noon on Thursday. The white covers up most of west Tennessee.  More sunshine is expected west of I-55 and south of I-40 in east AR and northwest MS. It will be windy at times with gusts to 20 mph or higher.

THURSDAY NIGHT – Lows will be in the 50s with some clouds in west TN still associated with the low.

FRIDAY – The system starts to lift back north and most areas reach the 70s with a mostly sunny to partly cloudy sky.

This forecast may change some based on the track of the system, so check back for updates and keep the jacket handy!

Spencer Denton
WMC Action News 5 Morning Meteorologist
First Alert Storm Tracking Team
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