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It's like the March we never had...

Tracking much colder weather into town, as well as the threat for snowfall in the mountains. A moderate freeze is also in the cards. Be prepared.

Good Tuesday morning to you all.

Here's something to sum up our weather over the next few days...

Heck, I'd probably drag out this song thirty times this year considering the weather we've been having these past few months ;-) Time to turn and face the strange.

The good news is, we're not going to be looking at a whole lot of moisture. In fact, this one is primarily going to end up being just for the mountains, though the chill will be for all...

WRF - Precipitation Type - Tues PM WRF - Precipitation Type - Weds AM WRF - Precipitation Type - Weds PM

 And as a reply to one of the comments, I do think that these flakes can make it to Nicholas County. That will probably be the farthest extent westward. We're only talking about flakes in the air here, but it would be novel to hear about a coating on the higher slopes. Those poor ski resorts in other years might still have been open.

Of more importance to all of us will be the temperatures. Kids will be going back to school in many areas, and the weather will be about 15 degrees cooler today than yesterday.

GFS - Max Temps - Tuesday GFS - Max Temps - Wednesday GFS - Max Temps - Thursday

That'll get out the coats all over again.

What perhaps should be even more concerning is the morning chill for Wednesday and Thursday. We've had a couple of runs at the colder 'freeze-worthy' temperatures this spring despite the warmth in between. The longer into April we go while still getting close to sub-freezing weather, the more dangerous the freeze possibilities are. Fruit trees and orchards (the handful that are out there) have already budded, and they become very susceptible. Any tender vegetation and potted plants brought outside (as per usual) will again be threatened. Here are the numbers off the GFS model:

GFS - Min Temps - Tuesday GFS - Min Temps - Wednesday GFS - Min Temps - Thursday

Wednesday morning will probably be the biggest concern, followed by Thursday morning (despite the numbers above). Nevertheless, keep in mind any "freeze watch/warning" issues on the maps below. Anything below 28 degrees is going to be a big problem, while the patchy frost that comes with temperatures nearer to freezing may cause some lesser issues as well.

Looking ahead to the end of the week, we'll bounce back (again) to above normal temperatures, but until that happens, lets concentrate on being prepared for some cold so that perhaps it won't feel so bad (yeah, right) :-)

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Have a great day everyone!

-B

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