Last Day of Winter Sees Sunshine Rain Thursday 70s Friday
It is the last day of winter and it was a winter that many would describe as a non winter. We had much above average temperatures, lots of rain, very little snow in the I-95 corridor and only a handful of truly cold days. Today we will see sunshine gradually giving way to increasing high clouds this afternoon as low pressure develops in the Central Plains and a warm front begins to set up from that low to the Middle Atlantic Coast. For now nothing other than high clouds are showing up on the satellite pictures and the radars are quiet.
Two rounds of rain are coming for Thursday. The first will arrive during the early morning hours on Thursday and carry us through the morning commute (such as it is these days with everyone home). The second round of rain comes Thursday night as a warm front finally pushes through.
Warmer air should make Thursday into South Central Pennsylvania east to Southern New Jersey southwest to Maryland Delaware and Virginia. Areas as you head north and east toward NYC into Southern New England will be in the upper 40s to mid 50s.
Rainfall amounts from these two rounds of rain will be on the order of an inch or more in most places. This warm front does put us in a good spot on Friday with clouds and some sunshine, a gusty west to southwest wind and temperatures that will reach the 70s. Some places will see highs in the upper 70s to near 80 and record highs are actually possible for stations where numbers are on the low side.
A cold front will be moving through on Friday and that could trigger off some scattered showers or possibly a thunderstorm Friday afternoon. The Storm Prediction Center is indicating a marginal risk of severe weather away from the coast Friday. We might see this area expanded a bit as we get closer.
The weekend brings down a cold high from Canada and we should see sunshine both days with highs in the upper 40s and lower 50s on Saturday and low to mid 40s on Sunday. Next week looks busy with weather systems that will be heading our way. The first will come Monday with what looks like a cold rain. We will take a closer look at the long range later today.
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