As the final round of winter weather sets up from a large and powerful storm system in the northeast today, south Florida will begin to feel the impacts of a building ridge of high pressure, setting us up for another warm week across the state.
As the storm system that brought snow, ice, tornadoes, damaging winds and flooding to over 200 million Americans begins to wrap up, so will the current weather pattern the state of Florida is under. For the past several days, mostly cloudy skies and very windy conditions have been persisting from the Treasure Coast, south to Miami and the Florida Keys. But today, that begins to change.
The powerful winter storm will continue marching to the northeast today, reaching Maine by lunch time and off into the open Atlantic by this evening. As that happens, it will shove a ridge of high pressure back west, and eventually over the peninsula of Florida. That ridge of high pressure not only brings the return of mostly sunny conditions, but also brings temperatures well above average for a second straight week across our local area.
Today, we can still expect some breezy conditions, but with the area of low pressure now further away from the state of Florida, the winds won't be nearly as strong as the past few days. We can still expect some wind gusts as high as 20 to 25 mph at times, but nothing like the near 40 mph wind gust Fort Pierce saw yesterday. It's the first day over the past 3 without a Lake Wind Advisory in effect for our Treasure Coast communities.
We could see a few scattered showers late this morning into early this afternoon, but the rain will be fairly light and will post no hazards besides wetting the sidewalks and roadways. Highs today in the low 80s. As that new ridge of high pressure builds in this week, highs in the upper 70s to low 80s will continue each and every day - a good 5 to nearly 10 degrees above average for this time of the year.