One more cool day and then springtime
Today will feel like an average January day with high temperatures in the low 40s and northwesterly winds gusting to over 30 mph. Of course what makes that scenario unusual is that this is the last week of March. It’s spring already! Patience, patience … the nice stuff is on the way.
The nor’easter that Fredericksburg just avoided is “bombing out” over the Atlantic, strengthening rapidly into a major storm. The pressure gradient between this awesome low pressure and the high-pressure system moving into our region is creating today’s strong winds. Wind chills today will be disgusting for late March but things should settle down by dinner time.
After today conditions begin to rapidly improve. Check out this 850 millibar level (~5000 feet up) forecast graphic for temperatures at 8 this evening:Note the cold purple shades over the ‘Burg and vicinity. Looking ahead over the next 10 days I don’t see any similar shades headed in our direction. That means warmer weather is on the way and the cold air will finally retreat northward.
The NWS Sterling high temperature forecast for tomorrow – Thursday – is in the low 50s. That is the coolest high temperature expected between now and the middle of next week. The rest of the time we can look forward to the thermometer rising into the 60s even on the cloudy wet days. (BTW that’s the normal high for the beginning of April.) So hang on … spring weather is literally on the horizon.