Mother’s Day Weekend…No Pressure!May 10th, 2013 at 8:19 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
It’s tough to say “no pressure” to a meteorologist. That’s because 1. We deal with pressure every day. And 2. There’s always pressure to have a good forecast. At least there has been some improvement for the Mother’s Day forecast. Here’s what’s going on…
Today we are in-between systems. The upper level low has pushed well to our northeast now. High pressure is building into the region. Meanwhile, a strong system is developing in the Midwest.
There is an area of low pressure over Illinois with a trailing cold front that stretches into the Plains states. Cold air is building in central Canada, and it is starting to pour into the Midwest. Today and tomorrow we will be out ahead of the front. So high temperatures will be in the upper 70s to low 80s. This first cold front will move through late Saturday into early Sunday and will cool us down. Highs will be in the upper 60s. Then a second cold front will move through our region late Sunday into early Monday. This will allow the cold air to really pour into the eastern states. High temps will be about 20-30 degrees below average in some states. Highs early next week will be in the upper 50s to low 60s.
Now these fronts will produce some wet weather over the weekend. Today the only thing that may spark a stray shower will be a sea-breeze setting up near the coast. Tomorrow we’ll see a few possible showers in the morning as moisture streams in from the southwest. The rain chances are higher though in the later afternoon and evening. That’s when we’ll see scattered showers and storms. This will be ahead of that first cold front. The rain will be out there early on Sunday, but should push out by the late morning. A few sprinkles will be possible late Sunday as the 2nd front approaches from the northwest. Along that front there may be a few snow showers from Illinois to Delaware. Wow! We will dry out on Monday, but I wouldn’t be surprised if we have a lot of clouds and/or a sprinkle. With the colder air will also come a large upper level trough (dip in the jetstream). We’ll hold on to some of that cold air into Tuesday. Tuesday morning will probably see lows in the mid-upper 40s. Hey at least it will keep the mosquitoes down a bit. I wonder if it will have an impact on the cicadas coming out this year. Hmm. Well, have a good weekend and a great Mother’s Day to all the moms!
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler