We know what you’re thinking. Enough already. It’s March.
But WSB meteorologist Kirk Mellish says Old Man Winter isn’t ready to cooperate just yet.
It will certainly be cold and wet late Thursday into Friday morning. The hard part is figuring out if any of that rain will turn into sleet or anything else.
“This is a very fine line situation,” says Mellish. “It’s a very close call that can go either way, because the temps support rain but are within the normal margin of error, so we have to watch for a last minute change or any surprises.”
What is very clear is the first half of the day will be mostly dry. There will be some spotty light sprinkles or drizzle around. The real rain will increase in coverage and intensity late afternoon and evening hours.
Highs Thursday will be in the low 40s. There will also be some fog mixed in for the evening. So it will be pretty uncomfortable with the wind and gloom.
The precipitation will continue into Friday morning. For now, Mellish is predicting overnight lows to stay above freezing in most areas.
“Only one to three degrees surface or aloft will make all the difference,” says Mellish. “That small a change will make a huge difference between either plain rain, or something else.”
The good news is no widespread snow or sleet is expected, as of now.
“It could be random pockets with no definitive pattern,” says Mellish. “If it occurs at all".
No matter what, things will warm up Friday afternoon to kick off a nice weekend.
Mellish is calling for highs Friday to bump up into the low to mid 50s. Lows will stay in the upper 30s.
Then the good stuff starts.
Highs Saturday will be in the upper 60s with partly cloudy skies. Ditto for Sunday and Monday. Even though it will be just a few degrees cooler. Lows all three days will be in the mid-40s.
Not that anyone will be complaining.