Showers and mild for St. Patrick’s Day, warmer temperatures on the way

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The potential for off and on rain showers continues for the remainder of the week.

The wedge of cool and damp air over Southwest Virginia will stick around for Tuesday as a cold front approaches the area. Off and on showers will linger into the morning hours before clouds break apart a little during the afternoon. Expect warmer conditions in the forecast with high temperatures reaching the upper 50s and 60s.

Cooler air will filter in for Wednesday, but a little sunshine will peek through from time to time. There will be more locations in the cool 50s for the afternoon and cloud cover will be pretty stubborn throughout the day.

Rain will move in during the evening hours and continue into Thursday. Despite the wet weather and mostly cloudy skies, temperatures will be well above-average with several spots warming up into the low to mid 70s. It will definitely feel more like May than March as we end the week (average high temperatures in the mid to upper 70s are usually expected in May)

The first day of spring is on Thursday, March 19th this year. The vernal equinox will occur at 11:49 p.m. This is the earliest equinox in over 100 years. The last time the equinox was on the 19th of March was 1896. Equinoxes and solstices are all caused by Earth’s tilt and its orbit around the sun.

Another frontal system will move through Friday. While highs will reach the mid to upper 70s, even the 80 degree mark, we will see the chance for more rain and possibly a few isolated thunderstorms.

Much of the region will cool down for the weekend. Temperatures will be closer to average for Saturday and the weather is looking a little drier. Morning showers are possible early Saturday, but clouds will become variable and more sunshine is expected.

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