Easter Weekend Weather

With spring off to a cold and snowy start, one wonders what Easter weekend will bring. Tony has the "pleasantly" mild answer in his holiday weekend blog.

 

 
Easter Bunny at Home with Forecast
 
This first full week of spring has proven to be a chilling replay of February. Witness the dustings of snow, cold blusters and general gloomy skies we have endured. Word from my friends at the 4 seasons Lodge in Richwood pegs this week’s snowfall at 9 inches!
 
Nearby at Snowshoe Mountain, the Top of the World at 4848 has surpassed a foot this week. Skiing will go on not only Easter weekend but through Final 4 weekend. Can you imagine skiing by day and watching the Final 4 from Atlanta at night? That’s my idea of fun!
 
Since the culprit for the late season chill (a cold spinning vortex in Atlantic Canada) is going no where quickly, chances are strong that the second week of spring will fare no better than this week in getting us into the swing of the season of rebirth.
 
After an Easter weekend warm up, I look for a resurgence of the chilly winds much of next week.
 
Still, since the early spring sun is gaining in strength day by day, it is virtually impossible to make every day cold, damp and chilly at this time of year. That means a welcomed mini-break from the chill will lend itself for the taking starting Friday through Easter Sunday as the winds veer away form the cold north and instead turn to the more tepid south.
 
Day by day this Easter holiday, Maundy Thursday will continue the run of chilly, cloud-shrouded days this spring. After a freezing cold start, some morning sun will quickly help to brew up a parade of graying cumulus clouds. As the air temperature makes the 40s, it will conflict with the chill in the heavens (well below zero at 20,000 feet overhead) to turn those clouds to dark based chunks with a menacing look.
 
Beware these cumulonimbi clouds as they could produce a brief shower of rain, sleet or snow on a moment’s notice. The sure fire signs of an approaching shower will be the lowering visibility on the western horizon and the wall of white that protrudes down from the heavens to the ground as rain or snow approaches.
 
High temperatures will be “stuck” in the 40s again, some 15 degrees below normal!
 
Good Friday looks to improve with more in the way of direct sun and a relative lack of rain/sleet/snow, save for the high country where snow flurries could linger at Canaan Valley and Wisp. Friday also looks to touch 50 for the first time this week.
 
By Saturday, the Easter Bunny will be grinning floppy ear to floppy ear as sunshiny skies greet kids at local egg hunts. Highs will make 55-60 with a stiffening breeze.
 
A word of caution, the ground is soft and muddy, so hide those eggs accordingly!
 
Easter Saturday sundown for vigil services will occur at 7:50 with temperatures in the 50s and a hazy sunset. Since that gusty afternoon breeze will remain active after dark, it appears the temperature will stay in the 40s all night long and hold near a cool 40 for sunrise services on Easter morning.
 
As for Easter Sunday itself, warmer breezes will be accompanied by clouds and a few showers and thundershowers. Timing and placement of those showers is impossible until Sunday morning when those showers first show up on radar.
 
Happy Easter
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