Skies are cloudy early on this Saturday morning and some spots are having light rain, temperatures continue to be mild with readings ranging from the low 50s here in Clifton to the mid 40s further inland, winds are light.
This morning will be cloudy with some light rain that should end by noontime, some breaks in the clouds this afternoon with highs rising only a couple of degrees from the morning lows.
Low pressure along a strong cold front will cross the area today with rain showers changing to snow showers on Sunday morning, accumulations may be up to 2 inches well inland but even a coating in our area. This system will be followed by a extremely strong northwest wind on Sunday morning with gusts up to 60 mph in fact the GFS model has some gusts reaching near hurricane force, a high wind warning is in effect from midnight tonight till noon on Sunday. These winds will slowly diminish in the afternoon but it will be cold with highs only in the 40s and with the wind it will feel even colder.
Another disturbance on Monday will give us some precipitation with snow in the early morning changing to rain in the afternoon as temperatures rise to the 50s.
Cold and windy once again on Tuesday with mostly sunny skies. Wednesday will be cool and sunny with less wind.
More rain is likely at the end of the week with somewhat milder temperatures.
TODAY – Rain likely this morning with some breaks of sun this afternoon, high in the upper 50s.
TONIGHT – Rain showers changing to snow showers by daybreak becoming windy, low in the mid 30s. A coating of snow is possible.
SUNDAY – Chance of early snow showers then becoming mostly sunny and extremely windy, gusts up to 60 mph possible in the morning, high only in the low 40s.
MONDAY – Light snow likely changing to light rain, high in the low 50s.
TUESDAY – Mostly sunny and windy, high in the low 40s.
WEDNESDAY – Sunny, high in the upper 40s.
THURSDAY – Cloudy with showers likely, high in the upper 50s.
FRIDAY – Mostly cloudy with a chance of showers, high near 50.
MARINE FORECAST: TODAY – Small craft advisory in effect for high seas, winds northeast to 8 knots, seas building to 4-6 feet.
OUTLOOK – Storm warning will be in effect from midnight tonight till noon on Sunday. Small craft advisories likely Monday and Tuesday with no advisories expected on Wednesday.
MARCH 2016 CLIMATE – March was the second warmest March since I started records 43 years ago, temperatures averaged around 7 degrees above normal, the warmest March was in 2012. Precipitation totaled 1.70″ which was 37% of normal. Snow was also below normal with a total of 2.2″ falling. Highest temperature was 80 degrees on the 9th with the lowest reading of 22 recorded on the 3rd.
Have a good day!