Friday was our first full day of Spring and it certainly felt anything but Spring like. It was a chilly and blustery day as temperatures struggled just to get near 40 degrees this afternoon and with winds gusting upwards of 30 mph the real feel temperature was in the mid 20s to 30 degrees. A lack of sunshine also played into the unseasonably cool day.
Over the past three and a half months we have been pounded by snow and unrelenting cold spells. Although the snowfall let up in March we have seen one cold wave after another hit the region through the month of March, a month that may very well go down as one of the coldest on record in the Springfield area. Yet, the calendar tells us that Spring began Thursday and that could be viewed as a point in which we are turning the page from Winter. I think we know better than that however and given the type of Winter we have experienced this year along with the current unrelenting Winter pattern, it probably is best to keep the snow blower and snow shovels handy a bit longer. Old Man Winter may have something up his sleeve for next week.
By early Saturday morning low pressure will be located in western New York State, tracking across central New England during Saturday and off the Maine coast before midnight Saturday. This system will bring clouds and periods of snow and rain showers to the area later Friday night into Saturday. Precipitation is expected to be light and scattered with mainly snow showers late tonight and early Saturday morning, changing to rain showers through the morning. Gusty afternoon winds follow as the precipitation ends by midday and sky cover improves through the afternoon. It may become quite mild for a brief period in the afternoon before cooling down overnight.
Dry conditions follow Saturday night right into early next week with temperatures becoming colder Sunday night into Monday and Tuesday. Once again, especially on Monday, the mercury will run 15 degrees or so below normal as arctic air takes another firm hold of the region for a few days. Temperatures are going to run significantly colder than normal Sunday night through Tuesday as it will feel more like January or February instead of late March.
Then a heads up that a Winter storm could impact the area sometime Tuesday night into Wednesday. This does not mean it will happen only that there are signs a significant ocean storm takes shape off the Southeast US coast early next week and then moves to the southeast of Nantucket early on Wednesday. Enough cold air will be in place at that time that if the storm does come close enough we would be talking about snow for that time period. So, what we are looking at next week are temperatures more reminiscent of January or February to start the week followed by the potential for snow mid week. Does that sound like Spring?
Three Day Outlook:
Friday night: Mostly cloudy, chance of flurries or a few snow showers after midnight. Low temperatures in the upper 20s to 30 degrees. Feisty west winds early, diminishing overnight.
Saturday: Changeable conditions, chance of snow showers early transitioning to rain showers through the morning, followed by periods of sunshine in the afternoon. Temperatures in the 30s through the morning, climbing well into the 40s and low 50s in the afternoon. Winds turn west 10 to 20 mph and gusty later in the day.
Saturday night: Decreasing clouds, becoming mostly clear, breezy and seasonably cold. Lows in the mid to upper 20s. West winds 15 to 25 mph, diminishing late.
Sunday and Sunday night: Partly cloudy and brisk. Slight chance of a passing flurry in the afternoon or evening. Highs close to 40 degrees, turning much colder at night with lows falling into the low and mid teens.
Monday and Monday night: Sunshine and quite cold for late March. Highs near 30 degrees. Clear skies overnight. Below normal cold with lows again in the low to mid teens.