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Weather: Spring Reigns?

Spring Reigns?

By Marek Zebrowski
Staff Meteorologist

A complex weather pattern over the Northeast will bring several wet, cold and unsettled days. A murky Friday afternoon will be the official beginning of the Spring season, but - true to the New England tradition - the weather will only worsen, becoming winter-like! Late Friday, a low pressure system over the lower Ohio Valley will move northeasterwards, and possibly redevelop along the mid-Atlantic coast. With an arctic high poised to our northwest, the developing storm will gradually draw in cold air in low levels, and precipitation will turn from rain to mixed along the coast, and from mixed to snow inland. When this storm finally departs on Sunday, colder air will rush in from southern Canada, causing yet another chilly outbreak all over the Northeast. This winter-like pattern will continue into next week, when another storm is forecast to approach from the south, bringing more snows inland and cold rains for the coastal locations. Alas, Spring Reigns, but the cold rules!

Today: Cloudy and damp, with drizzle and spotty light rain likely. High 41F (5C)

Tonight: Cloudy, some fog near the coast. Stiffening northeasterly breeze as rain begins to develop around daybreak. Low 37F (3C).

Saturday: Cloudy with periods of rain. Becoming windy and quite brisk. High 36F (2C) with some wet snow and sleet mixing in later in the day near the coast. Inland locations are likely to experience an all-snow event.

Sunday outlook: Precipitation slowly tapering off. Raw, then turning colder late in the day. Highs only in the upper 30s (3-4C), lows near freezing.

Travel Weather

Broadly speaking, the temperatures over the eastern half of the US will be well below normal from this weekend until the middle of next week. Lingering flurries will taper off over the Great Lakes and New England during Sunday and early Monday, but cold weather and another storm on Tuesday are in the cards for the Northeast.

After a miserable weekend, the Southeast will have a sunnier, but cool weather for the first half of next week, with chilly mornings inland. The conditions will improve, but another low pressure is due to drench the Louisiana and Alabama coastal areas by late Monday.

The west coast will (with the exception of the always fogged-up and drizzle-prone Northwest) be fair until Tuesday, when substantial rains associated with a Pacific storm are going to once again threaten northern and central California.

For the intrepid swimmers and surfers, the beaches of South Florida will be the best bet, with water temperatures generally approaching 70F (21C). The stormy weather of the past few weeks may make the Gulf waters especially a little choppy and muddy with sand and seaweed.

Dipping your toes is not recommended along the southern California beaches, where water temperature will be near 60F (15C). Rains, and strong winds moving in ahead of the Pacific depression on Tuesday may bring in nice storm swells along the Carlsbad/Oceanside beaches in the south as well as in the Santa Cruz/Monterey Bay area on the mid-coast, but a wet suit and good board are a must.

Airport delays are very likely all along the Northeastern Corridor, Appalachian region and the southern half of Florida on Friday and Saturday.