PM Update: Cold Departs While Warmth Blows In
Temperatures continue climbing Friday
Another day of wall-to-wall sunshine helped to melt off more of our quickly dwindling snowpack. Highs are now reaching the upper 40s and low 50s as a south wind begins blowing a warmer temperature regime into the area. Today is as cold as it gets for the next few -- could this weekend present an opportunity to break out shorts and short-sleeve shirts?
Tonight: We will see clouds increase overnight and help to cap temperature falls. Look for lows around 40 downtown ranging to near-freezing in the coldest suburbs. Winds may pick up a bit, blowing around 10 mph from the south.
Tomorrow (Friday): What a difference a few days makes this work week. We started with snow and highs in the 20s, and end with temperatures rising to near 60. Clouds look to stick around into at least the early part of the day, so I'll call it mostly cloudy but with periods of partly sunny, especially in the afternoon. Southwest breezes will blow around 10-15 mph.
See Josh Larson's full forecast through the warm weekend.
Temperature Swings: Josh noted this morning that the first 4 days of March ran about 15 degrees below normal. Tuesday was the coldest with readings at National running 20 degrees below normal, thanks to a low of 14 and a high of 29. Those temperatures would be about 10-12 degrees below normal, even in the heart of our typically coldest period of winter, in mid-January.
Today's numbers look to be just a bit below normal because of chilly morning lows. Looking to this weekend, we have a good chance at seeing the opposite of earlier in the week -- temperatures near 20 degrees above normal. And as we head into next week, much colder air may again be on the doorstep. March is typically volatile temperature-wise, but this is a little intense!
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