Winter Has Returned!March 13th, 2014 at 8:32 am by Jeremy Wheeler under Weather
As promised the cold air has arrived. The cold front arrived last night with some brief showers and some gusty winds. There were no reports of damage, but there were a few gusts above 40mph.
The rain was so brief that most folks barely had two-tenths of an inch. There probably aren’t too many people complaining about that. Temperatures dropped to the low/mid 30s this morning. Wind chills were in the 20s. As we go through the morning, we’ll see the winds increase. They were already running from the northwest at 10-20mph with gusts up to 25mph. Gusts will increase to 35mph later today. We’ll have a lot of sunshine as high pressure controls our skies today.
Temperatures will struggle to reach the low 40s this afternoon. Some areas will only see highs in the upper 30s. Wind chills will be in the low 30s this afternoon. Bundle up if you haven’t already. And don’t worry about the layer thing today. It will be cold from start to finish.
By tonight the winds will taper off. Temperatures will drop to the mid-upper 20s with a few 30s near the shore. Be sure to cover up any flowering plants before tonight. They will take a hit with lows in the 20s. Bring in the potted plants and the pets. You may even want to drip the faucets in some of the inland locations. I don’t think you’ll have to do that if you live near the coast or shore, and most of the metro should be ok.
Tomorrow the high will slide east allowing for a more southwesterly breeze. With the ample sunshine we’ll warm from the 20s in the morning up to the low/mid 50s by the afternoon. I wouldn’t be surprised if we even hit some upper 50s. Then Saturday looks even better. The forecast has dried up completely. So Saturday will be partly sunny now with highs in the low 60s. The forecast for Sunday has also changed. The rain has been pushed back more and more. So now it looks like rain will hold off until Sunday afternoon, and will last through Sunday night into Monday. A stray shower may still be possible Sunday morning, but the bulk of the rain will fall later in the day. It will be cold again on Monday with highs again near 40.
For those wondering…I will start doing a pollen forecast soon. It hasn’t hit me too bad just yet, but it’s coming. Especially with the warm spells and budding trees. Stay tuned.
Meteorologist: Jeremy Wheeler