Eighty-nine days ago, we embarked on a journey through the winter of 2016-17, which turned out to be a less-than-adventurous trip.
A few shots of arctic air, two rainy nor’easters and one early January snowstorm were the highlights of a not-too-wintry expedition, which officially ends early Monday morning with the arrival of spring.
Fittingly, the final day of winter may offer some Sunday morning flurries or snow showers, the only ones in the forecast, and ideally the only ones until the start of next winter.
Morning clouds and a few flakes will give way to afternoon sunshine, but it will be of the brisk and cool variety as gusty northerly winds usher in a short-lived reinforcing shot of chilly air.
Spring will appropriately begin with a long overdue warming trend, although not a permanent one. For the first time in 10 days, we should be able to enjoy 50-something-degree sunshine Monday, and we will tack on a few more degrees Tuesday. All the while, the forecast looks to stay mainly dry, with the possible exception of a passing rain shower Monday evening.
In typical March fashion, the temperature swings continue as the week progresses. Next up would be another round of Canadian cold, set to arrive Tuesday night and last through the middle of the week.
Wednesday and Thursday will offer plenty of sunshine, but temperatures will be a solid 10 degrees cooler than where we expect them to be the first week of spring.
Wednesday’s sunshine will be accompanied by a gusty wind, while winds will be much lighter Thursday as high pressure crests overhead.
It logically follows that it would be warmth’s turn next, and sure enough, 50- and even 60-degree weather is in the forecast by the start of next weekend.
If that forecast comes to fruition, Saturday could be the first 60-degree day in more than two weeks. Despite the topsy-turvy temperatures, no big storms are on the horizon, and a mainly dry forecast looks likely through next weekend.