We’ll have plenty of sunshine again today with high pressure off to our east. Temperatures today will warm to the low/mid-50s across our area. And, it will be the warmest day of the week. Clouds will increase late in the day as a cold front approaches from the north. That front will bring colder temperatures back to the Valley for Thursday.
There is not much moisture for this front to work with. Any light rain and/or snowflakes associated with the front should stay well north along the lake and south in the West Virginia high country.
Thursday will be a cloudier day, especially during the morning. The general trend will be dry with decreasing clouds. High pressure will build back over the Great Lakes region and clear skies out Thursday night.
Temperatures on Thursday will be much cooler than Wednesday. Afternoon highs will only reach the mid to upper-30s. With skies clearing out overnight look for temperatures to drop off to the low-20s. Thursday will also be a breezy day with a northwest wind of 7 – 14 mph.
FRIDAY AND THE WEEKEND
High pressure will remain the main controlling factor through the upcoming weekend. Despite the mostly clear skies and abundant daytime sunshine, temperatures will remain quite chilly through the period. Highs in the upper 30s to near 40° on Friday will warm slightly to the mid/upper-40s by Sunday. Nighttime lows will generally be in the low to mid-20s.
The sun angle in early March is nearly the same as it is in early October – still pretty strong. However, despite the strong sun, temperatures will be about 5° or so below our normal 45° for daytime highs.
WARMING UP NEXT WEEK
Our colder-than-average weather pattern will change for the better next week. An upper-level trough will push into the west coast forcing a ridge of high pressure to build over the central US. This ridge will slowly migrate eastward through next week. The result for us will be warming temperatures and plenty of sunshine well into mid-week.
And, the warming trend will get underway quickly. Monday looks to bring temperatures in the mid-50s. Afternoon highs around 60 will be highly possible Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday of next week.
That upper-level trough will eventually make it’s way east sometime late next week. But until then, we’ll have some gorgeous warm and sunny weather to deal with.
SPRING THOUGHTS: All of the sunshine this week and the warmer temperatures next week will bring our first taste of spring to the Valley. One thing to keep in mind as we transition to warmer weather is that the US is currently in a La Nina year. Past experience has shown that the eastern US usually sees an uptick in the frequency of hail, severe thunderstorms, and tornadoes with La Nina.
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