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Spring-like temperatures give way to colder weather soon

Tonight: Clouds increase. Showers develop toward morning. Steady to slowly rising temperatures. Windy, especially over the higher terrain. Wind: S 13-18G35-40

Friday: 40% chance of occasional showers. Dry periods expected. Mild and windy. Wind: SW 10-16G35 High: 60-67

Friday Night: 30% chance of rain and snow showers. Wind: W 10-15G30 Low: 29-34

Forecast Discussion:

Temperatures will be steady to slowly rising tonight with a busy south wind. Higher elevations could see gusts 35-45mph, while valleys could see gusts to 30-35. Lows will be in the 50s. The rain chance will increase to around 40% by morning.

The storm in the western Great Lakes will lift into western Ontario Friday, weakening as it does so. Impacts on our forecast will be a chance of rain and higher than average temperatures. The best chance of rain will come early Friday. We are expecting long dry periods and some periods of sunshine Friday afternoon as the dry slot from the storm moves into our area. It will be during this dry slot that temperatures will rise into the low to mid 60s. If more sun develops than currently expected, highs could climb to the upper 60s near 70. It does turn colder and more seasonable for the weekend, however. The chance of rain Friday is 40%.

For St. Patrick’s Day weekend it will turn colder, but not silly-cold. There is a slight chance of snow flurries or flakes Saturday with highs in the mid to upper 30s. St. Patrick’s Day looks pleasant with sunshine and highs in the mid to upper 30s. Monday through Thursday also looks quiet with high pressure settling into the northeast. Highs will be seasonable in upper 30s Monday and Tuesday, but climb to the low and mid 40s by mid week. Overnight lows remain in the 20s.

Howard Manges

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