Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Back to the 70°s!

By Jay Grymes & Steve Caparotta

WAFB Storm Team QuickCast:

- clouds returning tonight, not nearly as cold for Wednesday morning
- sun/cloud mix for Wednesday, maybe a sprinkle, highs in the mid 70°s 
- good-looking Thursday and Friday
- rain is back for the weekend

Not much to complain about today, although the temperatures didn’t warm quite as much as we had anticipated. Still, the blue skies and sunshine made for a fine Tuesday. Our skies will remain fair into the evening but clouds will return through the night. By Wednesday morning, we can expect partly-to-mostly cloudy skies with a little patchy (mainly-light) fog and morning minimums in the upper 40°s to around 50° for the Red Stick.

'Quiet' Cool Front Wednesday

Our next front arrives tomorrow, but it won’t have much of a punch to it. We expect a sun/cloud mix to linger into the afternoon as the front passes over the region, and yes, we may even see a Doppler radar ‘ping’ or two, but this will essentially be a dry front that delivers neither significant rains nor much of a temperature contrast in its wake. Dew points may drop 5° to 10° and the skies will be mainly clear for Thursday, but that’s about all that you’ll notice in terms of changes.

Friday looks good too. But sadly, all good weather must come to an end.

Wet Again for the Weekend?

The weekend is shaping up to be on the wet side, especially for Sunday. Our next cool front arrives Saturday, and our extended-range models keep the weather unsettled from the latter half of Saturday right into Monday. The way we have it now, we’ll also see temperatures take a dip as we head into Sunday and the weekend, with highs only getting to about 70° or so for Sunday and only reaching the low 60°s for Monday afternoon. 

Winter may “officially” end on Thursday, but the European and American models are both showing yet another serious cold-air outbreak for the northeastern quarter of the U.S. arriving this weekend and extending into early next week. The truly cold air will remain well to our north and northeast, but we’ll still get some daytime temperatures as much as 10° (or more) below the norm for the early part of next week. 

However, from what we are seeing right now, there is no freeze threat with next week’s cooler air. We’ll keep a close tabs on that as the days progress.

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