Valentine’s Day has proven to be pretty sweet with mostly sunny skies, light breezes, and highs near 50. There are no weather worries for lovers out on the town this evening. And most of Friday looks fine too. However, by late in the afternoon, a little light rain could break out as our next weather system moves in.
Through Tonight: Temperatures are mostly in the 40s for those of you out on Valentine’s evening dates. We fall back into the 30s by midnight, with early morning lows 30-35 (suburbs-city). We see a gradual increase in clouds overnight, with generally light breezes from the south.
Friday: It clouds over, but flow from the southwest ahead of an incoming cold front lifts mid-afternoon highs to around 50-55. By late afternoon and early evening, we may dip back into the 40s with a 30 percent chance of some light rain.
See our earlier post for our detailed thoughts on Friday night when rain could change to snow for a time.
January was warm and wet across U.S.: NOAA reports the temperature averaged over the lower 48 states was 1.6 degrees F above the 20th century average, tied for the 39th warmest on record (since 1895). Precipitation was slightly elevated, or 0.14 inches above the long-term average. Notably, the 12-month period ending in January was the warmest 12-month period on record - every state was warmer than average over this stretch.