It’s officially meteorological spring, but it doesn’t feel like it outside.
A huge trough has set up in the jetstream over the East Coast. That is allowing cold air to pour right out of Canada straight down into Florida, where freeze watches and warnings have been posted. That cold air also makes for an unstable atmosphere. When the sun interacted with the cold pool of air sitting very low over us, clouds built up and there were even rounds of flurries Saturday. The flurries will wind down overnight, but there could be some firing again Sunday. All the while, temperatures will run below average with a chilly breeze.
We will see more sunshine Monday as the huge trough starts to lift away. Temperatures will still run slight below average, though, in the mid 40s. Our average is now up to 49 degrees (and will be up to 59 degrees by the end of the month). Then, we direct our attention to a new storm moving our way from the middle of the country.
Clouds will start to increase again Tuesday, then the precipitation could arrive as early as Tuesday night. There are still a lot of questions with this storm, but the computer model trend has been to produce some version of heavy wet snow mixed with rain over the Mid-Atlantic. We will keep you updated on our potential for accumulation, if there is any, so stay tuned.
The storm will move away Thursday. Drier air will follow for the end of the week.