Posted: Mar 18, 2014 6:09 AM by Meteorologist Josh Eachus
Spring begins Thursday at 11:57am. But locally, spring-like weather should be in full swing well before that!
The same stubborn cloud deck that held temperatures in the 40s on Monday, has persisted into Tuesday Morning. Satellite analysis shows the western edge of the deck eroding across our viewing area. After sunrise, warmer, drier air will mix out that thin layer of moisture and the clouds will burn away.
Then, a big bounce back will occur on thermometers. After a cool beginning, bountiful sunshine will incur a warm-up of about 30 degrees, as highs top out in the upper 60s. High pressure crossing the Gulf of Mexico will generate a westerly and dry surface wind.
A weak cold front will swing through from the north Tuesday Night. Ahead of it, an increase in cloud cover can be expected. However, with all of the weekend's moisture swept well away, little appears available for any rain activity. If anything, an early sprinkle may be squeezed out, but is unlikely. Clouds associated with the front may linger for part of Wednesday, however, the decaying boundary will still allow for some sun to reach on through to the surface. Little if any cold air advancement behind the front, means Wednesday will be very similar to Tuesday with highs near 70°.