A dreary good morning to you all! Hopefully, you won't be like me and forget your umbrella at home on this rainy Tuesday. I think there is some irony in a meteorologist forecasting rainfall and forgetting his own umbrella, but I digress. The last few days have been a sunnier preview to the warmer spring season, and today will be the wetter version of that same preview. A very long cold front stretching from the Great Lakes down to the Gulf of Mexico is moving eastward at a decent pace. Southerly flow ahead of the frontal boundary is bringing up some warm and moist air that is adding a bit of extra fuel to the already present showers that are moving through the region. Rainfall may be heavy at time, especially during the afternoon, and we can all expect to see anywhere between a half of an inch to a full inch of rain before everything is all said and done. Highs will reach the mid 50s with a breezy south wind at 15 to 20mph. Coastal regions will likely see higher gusts. Once we get beyond sunset (Which is just before 7:15pm today), showers will taper off, and high pressure will begin to build into the area. Lows will drop into the mid to upper 30s, and winds will shift to the cooler northwest at 10mph.
While we won't be too cool on Wednesday (Highs will still eclipse the 50 degree mark), we'll at least be sunnier. The real cool air arrives for Thursday and Friday. Both days will feature mostly sunny skies and seasonably cool high and low temperatures. We'll see mid to upper 40s by day and mid 20s to low 30s by night with lighter winds as well. The weekend, however, isn't as pleasant. A low pressure system misses us to the north, that's the good news. But the bad news is that pieces of moisture will still pinwheel around the center of that low and pass through the Mid-Atlantic. Highs will reach the low 50s on Saturday with showers possible in the evening. Sunday appears to be the better and cooler of the two days, but an isolated shower cannot be ruled out of the picture quite yet. I'm also still keeping an eye on the 19th, and the latest information is staying consistent with some kind of a storm system arriving and giving us at least some rain for the day NEXT Tuesday. Dan and I will continue to monitor it.
Try to stay dry out there, and have a great day!
- Meteorologist Adam Rutt