Weather: Mid-March Pleasantries
By Greg Lawson
STAFF METEOROLOGIST -- The brief excitement from yet more snow has ended and all its remnants will soon melt away. Today will begin on the chilly side with some gusty northwesterly winds as the low responsible for all the snow pulls away to the northeast. The wind and cold air will soon give way to a ridge of high pressure which has started to build from down over the Gulf and the southeastern US. Once the high is in place, it will govern over fair, spring-like weather as we reach temperatures into the mid 50s. Look for clear to partly cloudy skies and light westerly winds through the next couple days.
It is too early to say with any certainty, but appears the first break in our pleasant skies this week could come Thursday evening or Friday morning as the zonal jet again begins to undulate. The cloud cover should increase and I would say that there is a slight chance for some light precipitation. All in all though, it should be an enjoyable week.
Today: Scattered clouds. Moderate northwesterly winds with gusts of up to 40 mph (64 kph). A late afternoon high of 43°F (6°C).
Tonight: Mostly clear. Winds slow and shift to westerly. Low of only 36°F (2°C).
Wednesday: Milder. Mostly sunny. High creeping up to 49°F (9°C). Nighttime low around 40°F (4 to 6°C).
Thursday: Very pleasant through most of the day. Cloudiness increasing. Possible late night precipitation. A very welcome high in the mid 50s (11 to 13°C).
Friday Outlook: More of the same. Mostly cloudy skies with highs in the upper 40s (8 to 10°C).