This big slow moving storm impacting us today and tomorrow is a big rain maker as you can see by the image below (2" of rain), and by this one above. It shows rain and snow on the backside. Typical of Spring storms. No big snowstorm. Big rain storm with some snow. Warmer air will follow the storm, which is yet another indication of a Spring pattern.
It is true. We have been in an extended winter like pattern for this whole month. Cold has dominated and we have averaged from 5-7 degrees below the long term average for the month of March. That is cold. And with it on top of a cold Jan and Feb means we have had a very, very cold start to the year. In fact we are nearly 6 degrees below average for the year to date. That is seriously cold over 90 days.
But the pattern is changing. No more bitter cold days on end. Instead mild will be followed by chilly air, but not bitter cold air. Also, the cold will come and go quickly. Case in point will be this Sunday.
Forecast for the next week:
Saturday: mostly cloudy with rain arriving in the afternoon. It will be heavy at times into the over night hours. Localized flooding is likely. Expect about 2” of rain. High: 50. Low: 43.
Sunday: Rain on and off. Chilly. Expect up to 1/2” of rain. Some wet snow possible on the ridges late in the evening as temperatures cool off into the uppers 30s by evening. High: 43. Low: 32.
Monday-Tuesday: Sunshine and mild. Monday high near 55, low near 40. Tuesday high near 60, low near 53. Clouds will increase Tuesday afternoon as a weak system passes to our north and pushes a cold front through late Tuesday night.
Wednesday: Breezy and mild. Sun and clouds. High: 65. Low: 36.
Thursday-Friday: Seasonable and becoming wet as a storm approaches from the west and brings rain for Thursday night and Friday. Thursday High: 52 and low: 40. Friday high: 45 and low: 37.
Saturday – Sunday: another system may come in to give us more rain on Saturday, but Sunday appears to be dry, but seasonally cool. Temps both days should be around the lower 50s for highs.
Pastor Terry. He received his bachelors degree in Meteorology from the State University of New York at Oneonta, in 1994. The education continued as a hobby by reading the blogs of some of the best forecasters in the business. Although forceasting the weather is an imperfect science, it is a pleasure to follow what the Creator has made.