Good afternoon folks! The remainder of the week will feel very spring like and we'll notice a slight cool-down this weekend into early next week, but nothing cold or chilly as temps only dip to slightly below normal levels. Shower activity will continue through the rest of the week and weekend and we still think rain intensities will be light and coverage scattered, with light rainfall totals adding up to an inch starting Thursday, ending Sunday. So although this week and weekend will not be ideal for being outside 100% of the time, there will be plenty of breaks in the action to get outside. As of Wednesday afternoon the models are showing a round of rain moving in Thursday afternoon, peaking late Thursday night into Friday morning as a front crosses the region. High pressure will then setup shop to the northeast Saturday morning and establish a wedge pattern, which traditionally is not a major impact to our region but this go around it looks like we'll deal with SW flow that will keep scattered shower chances alive Saturday afternoon, most of the day Sunday, and during the morning hours on Monday.
Thursday's high temps will reach the low 50's - mid 60's but the more notable mention will be the overnight lows as they only dip into the upper 40's - mid 50's, which is well above average for mid March. Scattered showers develop after midday, closer to sunset and coverage continues throughout the night into Friday morning. A cold front will cross the region before midday and once it clears our area, we'll notice a decline in shower activity during the afternoon hours. Temps Friday will climb to the low 50's - mid 60's once again, with overnight lows settling into the upper 30's - mid 40's depending upon elevation.
Saturday through Monday will keep mostly cloudy skies overhead and as the wedge becomes established Saturday afternoon, shower activity will also remain a constant throughout the weekend. Coverage will be scattered at best and intensities light, so rainfall totals will also be light but the intermittement light rain and passing clouds will not make for an inspiring weekend. Temps will hold to the upper 40's - upper 50's depending upon elevation Saturday, Sunday, and Monday, with overnight lows in the mid - upper 40's each night; not much movement between day and night temps.
Although things shake up a bit by Tuesday of next week, several pieces of energy will move through the region, allowing shower activity to hold strong with possible heavy rain rates as we return to the more active pattern typical during spring time. Next discussion comes out Friday afternoon.