Arctic air starts the weekend

Good Friday to one and all. February has been a brutally cold month, so it’s appropriate to send the month out on a very cold note. Arctic air is back with us into the start of the weekend. But, what about the start of March? Buckle up; it looks a little bumpy.

Some areas will start Friday in the single digits. Afternoon highs will be in the upper teens and low 20s on a day when 50ish is normal. Think about that one and give this weather the proper appreciation.

Single-digit lows are possible again for Saturday morning, with afternoon readings closer to 30.

The busy pattern cranks up again Saturday night and Sunday morning as moisture returns from the west and southwest. A wintry mix will be possible during this time:


That sets the stage for a mix and rain from Sunday to Monday as the first system works eastward across the region.

The next low is going to try to work just to our west and north and deliver us a brief spike in temperatures for Tuesday and early Wednesday. Heavy rain, gusty winds and thunder will be possible during that time.

Another system tries to develop along  an arctic boundary late Wednesday and Thursday. This one might take on much more of a wintry look:


Check out the blast of cold air coming behind that bad boy:


I would call those temperatures well below normal!

I’ve been trying to emphasize that next week will feature a lot of precipitation. Our waterways are full and we have snow still to melt, so we will need to watch the high-water potential. The latest numbers from the GFS:

GFS RainThat will be something for us to keep a very close eye on next week.

Have a great day and take care.

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