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Posted at 9:00 AM ET, 03/12/2009

Forecast: Spring Weather Takes a Sabbatical

By Josh Larson

Noticeably cooler, rather cloudy pattern settles in

* Wild March Temperature Swings | Superstorm of '93 *


Today: AM sun; PM clouds. Upper 40s. | Tonight: Cloudy; Light rain or snow? Low 30s. | Tomorrow: Mostly cloudy & chilly. Low 40s. | Tomorrow Night: Cloudy. 30-35. | A Look Ahead


As we've previewed for a few days now, the past week's spring-like weather will be pushed aside in favor of more wintry weather over the next several days, courtesy a cold front that swept through the area yesterday. That means highs a rather-jarring 25 degrees colder today than yesterday's balmy readings. A few weak disturbances will skirt our region during this period, which (with rather low confidence) may bring patchy, light precipitation tonight and again on Saturday. While no major storms are expected, look for lots of clouds through early next week.

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Today (Thursday): Morning sun along with temperatures in the 30s will give way to increasing clouds during the afternoon period with significantly colder temperatures than the unseasonably warm readings in the 70s we saw yesterday; I'm thinking most areas won't make it out of the upper 40s, so make sure you're adequately dressed. Confidence: Medium-High

Tonight: Plan on mostly cloudy to overcast skies tonight with the chance of a few overnight sprinkles or flurries, or a brief period of light rain or snow, especially over southern parts of the forecast area, courtesy a weak atmospheric disturbance skirting by to the south. Overnight lows will be within a few degrees of 30 across most of the region. Confidence: Medium

Keep reading for the rather non spring-like forecast through early next week.

Tomorrow (Friday): With a bit of a skirmish between an area of high pressure to our north and a nearly stationary frontal system to our south, I'd count on more clouds than sun (in fact, much of the day may be mostly cloudy to even overcast) on Friday, but despite what the sky may suggest to you, the day will be dry. We'll see chilly afternoon highs only in the low 40s -- some 10+ degrees cooler than "normal" highs for this time of year. Confidence: Medium-High

Tomorrow Night: If you're heading out Friday night, the weather shouldn't be much of a complicating factor: plan on mostly cloudy skies with temperatures in the upper 30s during the evening, then dropping rather slowly (because of insulating cloud cover) to lows near 30 in the coldest spots to the mid-30s downtown. Confidence: Medium-High


While I'd like nothing more than to give you a confident, clarion call forecast for Saturday, I'm afraid that isn't quite in the cards. Due mainly to computer model disagreement on what exactly will happen with a weak wave passing by to our south, the forecast is still rather uncertain. I'll call for mostly cloudy skies (though there may very well be some peeks of sun) and highs near 50 with a chance of rain during the second half of the day. Some scattered showers may linger into Saturday night, with overnight lows dropping to the upper 30s. Confidence: Low-Medium

My confidence in the forecast for Sunday is somewhat higher: I'd plan on a mostly cloudy start to the day, with the slightest chance of a few morning showers or sprinkles. Clouds may give way to a bit of sun during the afternoon with somewhat milder highs in the mid-50s. Partly to mostly cloudy skies will hold temperatures primarily in the upper 30s Sunday night. Confidence: Medium

The outlook for Monday is for continued partly to mostly cloudy skies with dry conditions expected and afternoon highs ranging from 50-55. Dry weather will continue Monday night, with overnight lows most likely in the mid-to-upper 30s. Confidence: Medium

By Josh Larson  | March 12, 2009; 9:00 AM ET
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Gee, March weather is so bi-polar! Up one day, down the next. My kids are both suffering from nasty colds and I blame mother nature and the snotty little punk at daycare with the walrus nose of snot he has everyday.

Looking at the long range forecast, it looks like we are in this mid 50's pattern which is okay...could be worse!

Posted by: authorofpoetry | March 12, 2009 9:47 AM | Report abuse


Posted by: Axel2 | March 12, 2009 11:01 AM | Report abuse

Radar is getting rather interesting to our SW, but the consensus seems to be that most of the snow/mix action stays to our south.

The weekend promises to be more raw and nastier than last weekend, though our biggest chance of precipitation seems to be after noon Sunday. NWS seems to think "mainly rain".

Big question is whether the unsettled weather will drag on until Tuesday or Wednesday as the Weather Channel suggests.

Posted by: Bombo47jea | March 12, 2009 11:48 AM | Report abuse

This is definitely not my favorite time of the year -- the part of March where it seems so often that we get a spring preview during the early part of the month, then it cools down, and then it takes forever to get back to the warm readings. No 60s in the At a Glance through early next week.

Posted by: Dan-CapitalWeatherGang | March 12, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

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