Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sun and Storms Lead the March Towards Spring

As the close of February draws near, Mother Nature is ready to turn the page from winter to spring. After near record warmth across the region to start the week, the end of this week could bring more of the same, with the possibility of some storms mixed in too.

Heating Up (Again...)

After showers moved through the metro area early on Tuesday, warm temps are coming back for the mid-week. Expect a mostly cloudy sky and highs in the 70s for Wednesday and more of the same for Thursday with a bit more sun. Highs could even reach record warmth by Thursday afternoon. Lows will drop into the 50s to near 60 each night.

The final day of this 70-degree streak comes on Friday, but with that comes the potential for some stormy weather on Friday evening in the region.

Storm Front Coming

A low-pressure system working its way into the intermountain west will continue to propagate east, bringing showers and storms to the Ohio Valley and Midwest. This system could also bring rain and thunderstorms into our area on Friday afternoon or evening, but right now there is only a slight (20 percent) chance. With the cold front set to cross over Memphis to start the weekend, there is the possibility of severe weather across areas north and east of Memphis, although these chances are conditional, meaning that if a few storms can form, they could become severe.

Following that front will be a cool down to seasonal temperatures and conditions for the rest of the weekend, though Saturday could be slightly below average. Highs may only hit the mid-50s, with lows in the lower 40s on Saturday. Sunday looks to gradually warm things up a little more, with highs near 60, after a chilly night with overnight lows in the mid 30s.

Into March We Go!

The final few days of February bring temps back into the 60s and 70s during the day, but also another chance of showers and thunderstorms Monday into Tuesday. We'll know more after the frontal passage on Friday.

Early March is shaping up to be coming in like a lion, with above average temperatures, but also above average precipitation. Perhaps it will help the end of March head out like a lamb?

With Severe Weather Preparedness Week underway in Mississippi, and the next week here in Tennessee, now is a great time to get ready for spring storms. Make sure you have warnings pushed to your phone through our StormWatch+ app, where you can customize the alerts you get for your hometown. Also be sure to regularly check our MWN human-powered forecast through our website, social media feeds, and mobile app.

Alex Herbst, Meteorologist
MWN Social Media Intern

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