Thursday, March 13, 2008

Active Weather

We are coming upon spring-time, as temperatures are looking to stay above freezing for a majority of the state for the next week. The areas that will still see below freezing temperatures are likely to be the areas that still have snowfall on the ground. The latest snowfall depth image is posted below once again, there is still some more melting that will likely occur today and potentially tomorrow before our first system makes its' way into the state.

Highs today ranging from the mid 40s to lower 60s from the northeast to the southwest. Lows tonight from the upper 20s in the north to mid 30s in the south. The first system of our active pattern will begin to effect the western portion of the state by Friday afternoon, high temperatures cooler with a range from near 40 to the lower 50s. Precip continues to move through the southern two-thirds of the state on Friday night, likely falling as a mix of rain and snow. Low temperatures in the low 20s to low 30s from north to south. By Saturday expect most precipitation to make its' way out of the state, the southern third may still see a few lingering showers.

Highs over the weekend expected in the upper 30s and lower 40s on Saturday, with upper 30s to mid 40s expected on Sunday. Lows in the 20s on Saturday night, warming to the upper 20s to mid 30s for Sunday night. Sunday night will also see an increase in cloud cover and the next storm system beginning to move into the state. Precip type is a big question right now, current forecasts are going for a rain/snow mix for a majority of the system. However, it does look like rain will be the precip type to begin the storm. This system will continue to spin precip over the state through Monday night. Rain will likely turn over to snow sometime during the event, timing of that is still unknown. Nonetheless temperatures look to rebound early next week to stay out of the deep freeze.

A few updates on the severe weather threat with the system early next week are possible, as chasers are gearing up for a potential chase on Monday.