Friday, March 6, 2009

Spring-like weather to continue into next week

The last couple of days have made last weekend's snow storm seem like a distant memory. While the snow lasted for 3-4 days in many areas, temps recovered into the 70s by yesterday and overnight lows well above freezing put an end to any remnants of the snow cover.

This 70-degree-plus spring-like weather pattern will continue through the weekend and into the first half of next week, though it will get wetter as we end the weekend. In addition, low pressure over the plains and strong high pressure over the southeast will combine to set up a pretty good pressure gradient, creating windy conditions. By Sunday, a front to our west will sneak into the Mid-South and bring us a chance of thunderstorms Sunday afternoon after the possibility of morning showers. The Storm Prediction Center has parts of the area (mainly north of Memphis) in a SLIGHT RISK for severe weather Sunday and Sunday night. I'll keep an eye on it, but it appears that risk is fairly low at this time, particularly for the metro area. A map of the risk area is below.

The front will stall in our region, bringing a continued chance of rain and possibly thunderstorms Monday and Tuesday as the front makes one more push through the area. It could once again stall just to our south on Wednesday with models calling for the chance of a low pressure system to move along the front bringing us more rain! All in all, it appears that our well above normal temperatures may result in plenty of rain Sunday through Wednesday or Thursday. For my complete forecast, visit the MWN Forecast on

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