Despite sunshine, it will be another colder than normal day but once we make it through the day we'll see a more typical pattern for March heading into early next week.
Winds will be lighter today meaning not as much of a wind chill, but temperatures will be similar to Wednesday, barely in the double digits. Lots of sunshine, though, so enjoy the lovely looking day.
High pressure has been in control of the weather pattern but it will soon be moving out and as it does our winds will shift from the northwest and west back around to a more southerly direction helping to bring some milder air into the region for the weekend and beyond. As early as tonight we shall see some improvements with overnight lows staying above 0° under a increasingly cloudy sky. Those clouds and the wind shift will keep temps a bit milder. It will still be cold for early March (average highs are in the mid to upper teens) but at least that will be better than the last couple of nights.
We will really feel the shift in the pattern by tomorrow. High temperatures will reach back above freezing for the first time in almost a month (February 7th was the last time the mercury rose to 32° or higher) and we'll see a seasonable couple of days with highs in the 30s or warmer through the extended outlook.
Friday will feature more cloud cover along with highs in the mid 30s. We could see some light snow Friday night, as the first of two clippers passes by to our north, but as of now, it looks unlikely that we'd see more than a coating. The weekend will begin with a mix of clouds and sun with highs again in the mid 30s. Even warmer for Sunday, but a wintry mix is possible with highs in the upper 30s a little rain could mix in with some snowflakes as the next clipper moves through.
Spring will be in the air early next week as temperatures continue to rise...back into the 40s for the first time since December! The jet stream will finally be retreating, allowing some milder air to move in and pushing the polar air back where it belongs! This milder pattern should persist into next weekend which means we at least have a chance at getting at least one 50 degree day in before any possible change towards cooler weather returns. It is still technically winter for two more weeks, but a spring preview is certainly in the forecast.
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