An active weather pattern will continue for the entirety of the 5-day forecasting period. A series of artic lows will affect the region for the next 5 days, bringing multiple chances for wintery precipitation in the forecast period. Temperatures will be well below average for late-March with lows consistently dropping into the 20’s for the beginning of next week. Any sensitive outdoor vegetation should be covered or brought inside for at least the next five days.
Friday: We are in between a polar troughing and ridging, the day Friday will be cloudy and breezy. With a northwest wind from 10-20 mph forecasted. Can’t rule out an isolated sprinkle or two during the daytime hours. However there is a chance of measurable rainfall Friday evening and overnight as a weak impulse will sweep across the area. Highs will be in the upper 40’s, lows in the low 30’s.
Saturday: Precipitation is still likely a the weak impulse departs the region associated with a polar low located over eastern Canada, and scattered snow showers are expected! Yep, you read that right, snow showers are possible on Saturday. Snowfall totals should be very minor and travel impacts are not expected at this time. It will be a miserable day weather-wise, cold, snowy and breezy. Highs only in the mid 30’s, lows in the mid 20’s. Windchill values will be in the teens for much of the day on Saturday.
Sunday: Polar Canadian ridge will nudge it’s way into the region, we are in between systems yet again. The winds should diminish a little bit. The day will be sunny to mostly sunny, highs around 40, lows in the low 20’s. This might be the nicest weather day for the five day forecast, goes to show how cold and active the weather pattern is. We’re easily 15°F below average for where we should be for the last week of March.
Monday: Trough is developing over the Great Plains the day will be increasingly cloudy the day should be dry. Highs will be in the low to mid 40’s. There is a chance for rain/snow mix to come in the evening and overnight hours on Monday, the timing on that is just too early to call at this moment. Nighttime lows will be in the low 20’s.
Tuesday: The weather models are showing and agreeing on a very strong trough located over Nebraska with a large warm front extending all the way to the Northern Great Lakes to come through on Tuesday. If this solution were to pan out. There is a potential for some winter mischief to occur. The idea that we have for now that it’s going to start out as a snow, changing to freezing rain, then over to rain as the day progresses. However this is 5 days out things could change. Highs should be in the mid 30’s, lows around 30°F.
-CWS Forecaster: Ben Waggoner-