A few light showers for Saturday
A cold front passes through the region Friday night into the wee hours of Saturday. An upper level trough moves over the area for Saturday, bringing some scattered snow showers to the northern border areas, and an isolated shower over eastern areas. It will be a breezy day, as wind out of the west could gust in the 20 mph range for most areas, 30+ mph for higher elevations.
High pressure gradually enters the region from north central Canada, and that will control our weather through midweek.
While Friday was 15-20° above normal, that taste of spring will be short lived as cooler air takes over for the region until later next week. Overnight lows will be in the single digits (north) and teens (coast) for much of the period. Southern and eastern areas may rise above freezing during the day, but not by much as highs will be mainly in the 30s. The north and mountains are likely to top out in the 20s until Wednesday.
The trend as we head into late week and into the last full week of March appears slightly above normal. We'll have to watch our rivers as we head into April for flood concerns.
Overall, the trend appears dry for much of the eastern United States through the end of the month. This is good news as we enter into mud season as there is plenty of moisture buried in the snow, and no additional amounts are needed. With above normal flood concerns as we head into April, less precipitation is better at this point.
For now, there is no storms of significance of the snow or rain variety of concern, but the region may not be void of precipitation completely through the rest of the month.
Regional outlook through Wednesday
NOTE: I am going to take a break since the pattern is quiet, focus on family matters and unplug through the weekend. I may post on Facebook at some point over the weekend. My next update here will likely be Monday.
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