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Great Plains Storm Marches To Lakes Weakening Slowly
The weather across the United States is being driven by the monster storm which brought blizzard conditions to Colorado, Wyoming east into the Western Plains and heavy rain in the upper Mississippi Valley & Great Lakes. Quiet weather conditions have prevailed in the East for the most part though high clouds have been an issue since yesterday and will continue to be an issue today. The rotation of the storm is evident on the satellite loop this morning as it makes its way to the northeast. This storm is going to pass well to our north on Friday in a much weakened state. We will deal with a cold front that will produce some showers but not much more.
Warmer air is trying to get in here for today but it appears that sunshine will be somewhat limited. Temperatures however should reach the 50s to near 60 in most places except those exposed to an ocean wind and for those areas you can knock of 10 degrees to the highs. Clouds with some hints or breaks of sunshine are possible but the radar is quiet and no rain is forecast.
Friday brings clouds and some passing showers with highs reaching into the 60s in most places. The front passes through with not much fanfare. Rainfall amounts should be mostly under a quarter of an inch and then it is on to a dry weekend.
Saturday and Sunday will be two days of Saint Patrick’s day celebrations and for most of the US and certainly for us the weather looks calm. We should see some sunshine on Saturday with a bit of a breeze and highs in the 50s. Colder weather arrives for Sunday with some sunshine. Highs will be in the 40s. No rain is forecast all weekend.
Sunday night into Monday morning brings a weak low dropping southeast from the Great Lakes and then passing by to the south. There will be an area of snow with this as it moves across Late Sunday night into Monday afternoon. The time of day will likely mean that we will see some snow falling from the sky but it will likely at worst accumulate on colder surfaces. We will will explore this further later today. It should be noted that not all models are picking up on this. The overall upper flow looks rather weak and flat and any system that does move through will be weak and not a big deal.
MANY THANKS TO TROPICAL TIDBITS FOR THE USE OF MAPS
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