A cooler weekend bounces back Sunday

High pressure keeps us dry for a while, but temperatures will be slow to warm

It's another see-saw weekend for the tri-state: After a run of 80-degree days, the weekend itself is stuck with below-normal levels. This very same thing happened last weekend, but it's never really easy to get used to.

HPC - Surface Map - Saturday/Sunday

The sky conditions are definitely going to cooperate for outdoor plans, but those temperatures are 30-degrees colder than where we were just on Friday alone. The morning temperatures are the toughest, as a widespread frost/freeze is in store for early Sunday morning:

NWS - AM Lows - Sunday NWS - Frost/Freeze - Sunday

Something happend last week in our week of incubatory warmth: the official start to the growing season was declared by the National Weather Service. The by-product of this was also to start the "frost/freeze" program. There's no need to worry about sub-freezing temperatures during sub-freezing times, but now that pollen levels are sky high and all the blooms are out, it becomes that time of year (each year can vary slightly obviously). On the image at-right the light blue counties are in 'freeze' warnings-- where temperatures are expected to drop below freezing, and the blue shaded counties are for 'frost'-y temperatures at or above freezing. A lot of the mountain counties do not have such advisories despite clearly getting those colder temperatures. That is because the growing season has not been declared to be under-way there just yet. Still for all of us it'll be the coldest morning for a while.

Our dry stretch of weather will buy some time out in the yard until mid-week, where Wednesday features our next drive of showers and storms through town:

GFS - Wednesday Morning GFS - Wednesday Evening

It's another day of sinking temperatures Wednesday afternoon, with chilly mornings beyond. It's better that this happen during the middle of the week though, because this makes our weekend in line for the moderating temperatures that have typically followed the chill in our repetitive April weather cycle.

Regional Radar/Satellite with Warnings Tracking

Accuweather Radar

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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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