With the first day of spring arriving yesterday, some may not quite agree. Though we are technically near average with our temperatures, we are about ten degrees cooler than we were at this time last year. Over the next couple of days we'll see the approach of a cold front, but ahead in the warm sector temperatures will increase to near 80 over the weekend. In addition to our below average temperatures, we have also had below average rainfall so far for this month to the tune of over two inches. Fortunately for the region, maybe not so much your weekend plans, but we should see some scattered storms Saturday and Sunday with some of them having the possibility of being severe. The Storm Prediction Center has a slight risk area already issued for much of northern Florida from Pensacola over to Jacksonville.
After this system passes through, we will see a return to drier conditions for the rest of the month with a small chance for showers on Easter. Temperatures should drop back down slightly next week into the lower 70s for highs and right around 50 for the lows. As we move into April, we should start getting into the full swing of severe weather season. We'll see how long the cold weather hangs around and what kind of effect that will have on thunderstorms and ultimately how that affects our monthly precipitation amount.