Forecast: Super Weather for Super Sunday
Storm potential increases for early in the week
* Coming Around Noon: New Snow Lover's Crystal Ball *
Today: Mostly sunny. 50-53. | Tonight: Increasing clouds. 31-34. | Tomorrow: Mostly gray, afternoon showers. 46-49. | A Look Ahead
FORECAST IN DETAIL
Beautiful weather today masks the unsettled weather that will mar the early portion of this week. A wind from the southwest will bring warm temperatures -- complemented by a good deal of sunshine. However, a storm often follows the calm, and indicators are growing stronger we may have one in the works for Monday night into Tuesday.
Today (Sunday): February ushers in quite a sharp warm-up relative to the below normal temperatures that have been chilling the area for the past couple weeks. Mostly sunny skies will help boost the warmth, though by evening, expect mid-to-high level clouds floating in. It's almost a shame that with temperatures topping out in the low 50s (perhaps mid-50s just to the south), most will be inside preparing for the "big game" (I don't want to be sued by the NFL). Still, one couldn't ask for better weather for that pre-game round of touch football. Winds from the southwest will blow lightly, at less than 10 mph. Confidence: High
Tonight: Clouds will continue to be on the increase into the overnight. These clouds, combined with moisture brought in by the southwest winds will keep low temps above freezing for most, bottoming out in the mid-30s, with some isolated spots nearing 30 outside of the metro area. Winds will continue out of the southwest slackening to near calm by morning. Confidence: High
Keep reading to see what Monday night and Tuesday's storm might bring to our area...
Tomorrow (Monday): The first stage of an active weather system approaches on Monday. A cold front will move across the area during the afternoon. This brings with it cloudy skies and a 50% chance for a few rain showers. Highs during the day will depend on just when the front makes it through. I'm going for a late morning/mid-day passage with highs reaching the mid-to-upper 40s. A second day of 50+ could easily be realized with a delay of just a few hours. Winds will be shifting from south-southwest to northerly with the frontal passage, at a speed of less than 10 mph.
Tomorrow Night: Monday night we'll begin to feel the effects of a deepening low-pressure area developing to our south. Rain showers will probably continue (60% chance) but with temperatures falling behind the front this should change to mainly snow after midnight. Overnight lows will range from the upper 20s in the outskirts to just below freezing downtown. Winds will be out of the north-northeast at 5-10 mph. Confidence: Medium-High
Tuesday plays the wildcard for our weather this week. Our coastal low will be making its closest approach to our area during the day. Just how close and at what forward speed are the key questions. A slower track closer to the coast would result in more precipitation for us (most likely snow) while a faster, more seaward track would deliver just a glancing blow. Stay tuned for the Snow Lover's Crystal Ball midday for a full assessment of the possibilities. Temperatures should remain steady or slowly drop during day -- from the low 30s into the 20s. Confidence: Medium
By Wednesday, we'll likely return to a more tranquil stretch of weather. Cold temperatures will follow in the wake of the storm but skies will be bright. Afternoon highs will only reach around 30. Also, watch for some strong wind gusts blowing in out of the northwest. Confidence: Medium-High
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