The sky remains clear tonight, but with a light southwest and southerly flow, it won't get nearly as cold. Temperatures should bottom out close to zero, but this will be during the overnight, followed by a leveling off and gradual rise into Friday morning. The coldest air will then be on its way out, allowing us to finally talk about a nice warm up.
Friday will start off with sunshine, but clouds will begin to move in through the afternoon. A front to the west will be pushing this way, while temperatures climb through the 20's and top out around the freezing mark. The front may bring a few scattered snow showers at night, while the weekend starts off dry.
A decent start to this first weekend of March, with seasonable temperatures expected. I expect clouds and at least a bit of sunshine, with readings in the mid 30's. More slow melting will continue into Sunday, as we top off in the mid and upper 30's. A clipper system will slide to our north, with perhaps a snow shower or two early, but the remainder of Sunday should brighten up through the afternoon.
The big weather story going into next week will be the well deserved warm up. The pattern will be changing, with the coldest air retreating north into Canada and a more zonal or west to east flow developing across the U.S. This will allow us to continue to see a temperature rise, with above average readings into next week. It will also be a quiet stretch, with no real precipitation chances through next Thursday at this point.
Monday will bring a mix of clouds and sun, with highs in the lower 40's, but with a broad southwest flow continuing, temperatures will warm further, well into the 40's and possibly 50's by the middle of next week. These milder readings will certainly melt the snow and ice away in the coming days, while giving all of us a little spring preview.
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