Spring pattern rolls on

Good Saturday, everybody. Some showers are pressing into the region, putting a temporary halt to our spring fling. Don’t worry; it’s about to come back with guns blazing for the week ahead of us.

Saturday will find a weak system bringing an increase in showers to the region. This will do a number on temps, with some big ranges showing up. Areas with rain will see highs in the 50s, and areas without the showers could hit the 60s.

That action moves away Saturday night, with lingering clouds into Sunday morning. Clearing skies take over, with afternoon highs taking off into the low and mid 70s across the west, and mid- to upper 60s east.

Monday looks downright warm and could break records in many areas. Highs from 70 to 75 look likely, with an outside shot of some areas seeing highs in the upper 70s.

The next system moves in a little quicker Tuesday and should deliver some later afternoon thunderstorms:


That will carry us into Wednesday, with temps coming down several degrees because of clouds and the chances of storms.

Gusty southwesterly winds should boost us back into the 70s by Thursday as we get set for a pattern changing storm system. This thing looks stout as it rolls in late Friday and Saturday:


Strong thunderstorms to some snowflakes are possible in that type of a setup.

Much colder air takes over for next weekend, and the models are trying to bring a system around the base of the trough:


That has a winter look to it.

The overall setup into early March looks active with winter fighting back into the country, doing battle with the seasonal changes toward spring. The active pattern shows up well on the precipitation forecast from the GFS ensembles during this time:

GFS Rain 2

Strong storms? Some snow? Both are on the table.

Make it a great Saturday and take care.

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