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President’s Weekend Weather

It’s the last holiday weekend of the winter, and whether you are planning to do some early spring cleaning, playing 18 holes or 3 sets, or skiing in the high country, the weather should cooperate on Saturday with Sunday and Monday in jeopardy for some showers.

Specifically, a cold front has past this Friday evening accompanied by a few showers far south and gusty winds up north. I am hearing of several brush fires in Mason and Jackson WV as winds have gusted to 35 miles per hour with humidity levels in the teens percent range.

Those north winds will settle overnight as chilly air nestles in. Look for frost in rural areas at dawn as temperatures dip to near freezing. Early morning tee-times may well be held up at your favorite links since as all golfers know, “nobody goes off before Jack Frost”!

Saturday’s blue skies will be accompanied by a freshening afternoon Yankee breeze (aka north wind) which will make it feel rather crisp in the shade. Highs will inch toward 50, near the seasonal norm.

Sunday’s forecast is cloud driven. If the morning overcast breaks fast enough, temperatures can easily jump into the mid 50s. However a warm front will be passing with morning showers to our west from Louisville to Cincinnati to Columbus at dawn. These showers may target our region for a ground dampening around noon before shifting away by early afternoon. You will want to check with Josh on Saturday night to see about this Sunday shower risk.

Sunday night howling winds will arrive behind the warm front's passage. Gusts to 30 miles per hour will send temperatures into the 50s by the Monday morning drive.

Of course Monday is President’s Day and a national holiday. I expect a fast moving storm to arrive with gusty rains and even a rumble of thunder. Skiers, I expect rain even at the mountain summits, so here’s my weekend plan for you.

By Saturday morning, the groomers will have ground up the sleety snow left behind from the late week thaw and overnight freeze. Hit the slopes around 10 am and expect a day with temperatures near 32 and a refreshing north wind.

Throw some sunscreen on as you will get a double whammy as the sun strikes your face directly and reflects off the snow pack.

Sunday’s temperatures will start out in the 20s when the trails will be freshly groomed. An afternoon rise in temperature into the low 40s means your weekend on skis will turn a bit slushy.

From there, the temperature will not get back below 32 until Tuesday morning, so Monday in the mountains will feature rain not snow showers. Fog will also cap the mountain tops for your drive back home as air temperatures stay in the 40s all day long in the high country while reaching near 60 here at home.

So there you have it, your president’s weekend outdoor planner.

On Monday I will share my annual president’s day tribute to weather savvy Chief Executives like Washington, Truman and Jefferson!
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