Cold rain and some snow into the night. Dry and mild times ahead.

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Rain and snow ending tonight, mild pattern sets in for a few days

The rain and mix of rain and snow will be lingering into the night but not much in the way of accumulation is expected.  The rain will be showery at best and the snow will be hitting the ground and have trouble accumulating.  Look for the region to get close to freezing overnight so there is a possibility that higher elevated locations may see a patch or two of black ice, so watch yourself driving tonight.  Overall this rain and snow event will be noticeable, but will not be tremendously impactful.

Saturday looks to be the beginning of a drying period.  Although I am still thinking there may be some spotty spritzes from time to time the overall feel to the region will be drying.  Clouds will cover the sun’s rays from time to time but by late in the day there will be more sun than clouds. Temperatures are expected to be on the warmer side of normal and that trend will continue into the new work week. 

Sunday is Groundhog Day (more on that below) as well as Super Bowl Sunday and the weather is not expected to be much of a problem.  The noticeable feature Sunday will be the wind. Winds are likely to be out of the Northwest around 15 mph and gust near 25.  These are not overpowering winds, but noticeable.  What they will do is dry out the area.  Interestingly enough, the temps will be warmer Sunday than Saturday even with the NW component to the winds as the overall air temps will be milder. 

Monday will be the warmest day of the year thus far as the mercury in the thermometer will be in the upper 60s east of the mountains.  Earlier in January we hit 64 twice on the 15th and 16th but I am forecasting a 68 for Monday allowing the 3rd of February to go down as the warmest day of the year to this point.

Tuesday, we stay mild but a chance for rain returns to the region. The rain chances are going to rather persistent as we push forward in the week. Currently I am looking at rain Wednesday as well as Thursday before drying out on Friday.  Temps stay in the 60s for afternoon highs in lower elevated locations until Friday when we get back to normal… upper 40s or low 50s.

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Sunday is Groundhog Day, if Phil sees his shadow it means six more weeks of winter, if not… an early spring.  Funny thing, the Vernal Equinox, our official start of the astronomical spring season is about six weeks from Feb. 2nd anyway, this year the Vernal Equinox is on March 19th at 11:50 pm EDT.  Just sayin’.   Meteorological Spring is even earlier, starting on March 1st

Stay Safe.

John Carroll
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