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Plains Spring Blizzard Brings Showers Here Late Friday
Our attention is going to be on the major spring blizzard in the Plains. The satellite loop shows the storm developing in Eastern Colorado and it will be strengthening rapidly tonight into Thursday. It is keeping things nice here in our neck of the woods as we are enjoying a nice day with sunshine and temperatures in the 50s to low 60s. Clouds to the north are producing another round of snow in Eastern Maine. We will stay dry into Friday before the storm sends a cold front here with some showers late Friday into Friday night. Until then there are no rain issues and the radar will be on hiatus until then.
Tonight look for a cold clear night with most lows in the 30s. Thursday starts with sunshine but some high clouds will come into the mix. High pressure moves offshore and an ocean wind will take over as the day wears on. That will keep temperatures in the 50s all day though some warm spots well inland west and north could approach 60.
Friday the major storm in the Plains will be moving into the Northern Great Lakes and weakening. The trailing cold front will come through late Friday night with some showers ahead of it. We probably won’t see any rain here until Friday night and there could be a few lingering showers Saturday morning. Sunshine should break out on Saturday. With no real cold air around on Saturday we should see temperatures rise up into the 70s. It will definitely be the better of the two weekend days.
On the NAM map above you can see that the front stalls out on the southern end and low pressure is going to develop in the Western Gulf over East Texas and eventually head northeast to the Ohio Valley on Sunday. This will bring clouds back in Saturday night and set us up for rain on Sunday. This low tracks further east than the Plains blizzard so it will have more impact in terms of rain for Sunday and Sunday night.
By Sunday afternoon the low will be in Central Indiana with the warm front to our south. Some rain is likely Sunday. The bulk of the rain will come later Sunday night into Monday morning with some heavier showers and possibly even a thunderstorm. This could be a half inch to an inch rain producer. The front should come through around midday with leftover clouds to follow. Sunday’s highs will be in the 50s to lower 60s. Monday’s highs will be in the 60s to near 70 inland. We should get a break for Tuesday and Wednesday before the next system in the storm parade arrives on Thursday.
MANY THANKS TO TROPICAL TIDBITS FOR THE USE OF MAPS
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