Low pressure in the Canadian Maritimes will continue to rotate clouds and occasional rain or snow showers through the area this weekend. Although a peek of sunshine is possible it will be cloudy most of the time. Precipitation pinwheels around the low and moves across southern New England at times. Precipitation will be on the light side and should be in the form of snow showers early Saturday and again Saturday night into early Sunday, with rain showers during the afternoon hours. Keep in mind that most of the time it will remain dry as the precipitation is not expected to be widespread. The exception would be later Saturday night when enough moisture may pinwheel into the area and give us a steady period of snow showers.
Temperatures over the weekend will range from the upper 30s to low 40s during the day, falling into the upper 20s to low 30s overnight. Winds are expected to remain under 15 mph throughout the weekend.
Changeable skies continue into Monday as the Maritime disturbance continues to meander about. This means considerable cloudiness and seasonably cool temperatures. A chance of a sprinkle or flurry is possible as well. Highs continue into the low 40s, overnight lows in the low 30s. Don’t expect much change for Tuesday as the blocking pattern continues.
Early next week a storm will come out of the Plains States and move into the Tennessee Valley. By Wednesday morning computer guidance has this storm positioned on the mid-Atlantic coast. It will be monitored over the weekend and especially early next week to determine the exact track of the storm and potential impacts on our area mid week. It does appear the storm will grow into a significant ocean storm and could bring an array of impacts, if it decides to move close enough to our area. That remains to be seen at this point.
We said good-bye to February and welcomed March today. It was the official end of meteorological winter. What exactly does that mean? First of all what most people usually refer to as winter is what’s known as the winter solstice, which begins about December 21st and ends at the vernal equinox on or about March 21st. It is also known as astronomical winter, based on the position of the Earth in its orbit around the sun. However, there is another kind of winter and that is called meteorological winter. Simply, it is the three month period of December, January and February. Meteorological winter is based on sensible weather such as snow, ice, frigid temperatures and so forth. It is the coldest three month period in the Northern Hemisphere.
So, with the arrival of March one has to think spring cannot be very far away. As we all know March can be a very dynamic month weather-wise. Weather can vary from mild and sunny days to cold snaps, heavy wet snow and lots of windy days marking what this month is usually all about. Last year was not the norm as we all know. Days start to get significantly longer in March and with Daylight Savings Time just around the corner the sun will be setting an hour later, giving us all a little more time to get outside in the evening, weather permitting.
Have a great weekend everyone.