Cold eases for Black Friday, but wintery weather is to return

Clouds broke for hazy sunshine Thanksgiving afternoon, allowing temperatures across most of the metro area to break 40 degrees for the first time in nearly a week.

The mildest weather in 17 days is ahead Friday

Increasing south winds on Friday are to deliver even milder air, with readings expected to eclipse the 50 degree mark, making for our first above normal temperature in 17 days. While it will be warmer, rain is likely in the area starting around 5 p.m.

This November has been cold. Daily highs have averaged 10 degrees below normal, while lows have been a little more seasonable, posting a deficit of 4.3 degrees.

November has been cold – the 9th coldest and among the chilliest 6 percent since records began in 1871.

Part of this temperature distribution has been due to extensive cloud cover. Through Thursday, the city has logged a mere 29 percent of possible sunshine, making this month our cloudiest November since 1995.

While clouds limit daytime warming, they tend to keep nighttime readings more moderate. Polar air is to sweep back into the region by Monday, in the wake of a weather system that may bring accumulating snow.