Cold Weekend Ahead!February 28th, 2013 at 7:35 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
It’s not the weekend just yet, but we are looking at some colder weather moving in during the next couple of days. Today isn’t too bad. At least for temperatures.
Yesterday we had some great weather in the afternoon. Skies were mostly sunny for a while, and we had highs in the low 60s. Today we expect a lot more clouds and also a few sprinkles or light showers. We had a couple this morning just north of the metro. This isn’t a big weather system, but a small pocket of moisture and energy was slipping through.
We are on the edge of an upper level low. The center of which sits over towards the Midwest. That’s where there is still quite a bit of snow falling today, and that is where the colder weather lies…for now. The jetstream is actually running over us today. The upper level river of faster moving winds helps to push weather systems from west to east across the U.S. Today that is helping to create the spotty showers/sprinkles over our region, but it should also push them through rather quickly. Now over the weekend the jetstream is really going to dip to the south. Since it is typically the dividing line between warm and cold airmasses, this means that we are going to see some colder temperatures. Especially for early March. This cold air is expected to push all the way down to north Florida.
For a while it looked like the upper level trough (dip) was going to create an area of low pressure at the surface off of our coast. Now it looks like it will stay farther offshore. So I’ve taken out the chance for a sprinkle or a flurry on Sunday. Don’t be surprised if it slips back-in though with that big upper level trough overhead. As for temperatures. Today highs will be in the low/mid 50s. Friday will see highs near 50. Then we’ll be in the low/mid 40s for Saturday and Sunday. Lows will be in the upper 20s to low 30s. Dogh! We won’t warm up into early next week. Hopefully, we can warm up a bit more as we go into later next week.
Someone asked about the pollen. It is going up steadily. I don’t see how the tree pollen is going up as maple trees are only now budding, but the forecast is for it to be high. I didn’t think the trees dropped the pollen until the seedlings fell from the trees. Mold is probably high though with all of the rain recently. I’ll be using the pollen forecast starting up in the next couple of weeks. I’m not looking forward to this upcoming allergy season.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler