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Worcester, Massachusetts

Off we go to the Northeast today, where Old Man Winter is about to give them another good wallop. March is going out like a lion for those folks, but just how bad will it be?

At 1154AM EDT, the temperature at Worcester was 42 degrees under mostly cloudy skies. An area of low pressure is expected to rapidly develop off the Mid-Atlantic states later today, acting like a typical Nor’easter as it shifts up the coastline and pumps moisture over New England. With warm temperatures (relatively at least) already in place, precip is expected to start off as rain later this evening as the system arrives. Later on during the overnight and morning hours of Friday, it will change over to snow, where roughly 2-5″ of it are expected to accumulate before it changes back over to a rain/snow mix Friday. Some light snow showers could possibly linger into early Saturday morning as the system pulls away towards the northeast, then dry out for the remainder of the day. However, it’s going to be mighty gusty behind the system, so while the precipitation will be absent on Saturday, the strong winds will make for a brisk day.

Friday: Rain mixing with snow by midday, 2-5″ of accumulation by end of system. High 37, Low 30.
Saturday: A few early morning flurries? Decreasing clouds, windy. High 45, Low 30.

TWC: Friday: 3-5″ of snow, storm total of 6-10″. High 36, Low 32.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 41, Low 29.

AW: Friday: Rain/snow expected through most of day. High 38, Low 31.
Saturday: Partly sunny and windy. High 43, Low 30.

NWS: Friday: Rain/snow through day, 2-5″ storm total expected. High 35, Low 31.
Saturday: Partly sunny and gusty. High 44, Low 29.

WB: Friday: Rain mixing with snow by midday, 3-6″ total anticipated. High 36, Low 32.
Saturday: AM flurries, then cloudy and windy. High 45, Low 29.

Here we see some showers pushing through the region, with the heavier precip that’s anticipated to move through later tonight still lingering offshore. If the system wiggles to the east a bit, it could bring some higher snow totals to the area with colder air staying in longer than expects. Let’s see what this April Fool’s storm brings!

With Baseball Comes…. A Snowstorm?

This weekend kicks off MLB’s Opening Day festivities for stadiums around the country, as fans look forward to spring, warmer weather, tailgating, and taking in America’s Pastime. One thing they don’t want to think about, let along have to experience, is another snowstorm. However, it appears that a Nor’Easter is getting ready to take shape and assail areas from Southeast NY up through New England, with some areas possibly getting upwards of a foot of snow! Luckily, it appears that heavy snow should avoid Thursday’s openers in Washington DC and New York City, but heavy rains could be an issue with the former during game time. Friday, Philadelphia kicks off their season and the bulk of the storm should be shifting off into New England by then. So while the baseball hotbeds should escape any significant snowfall, the same can’t be said for those winter-weary folks on Friday in Albany, Springfield, Concord, or Burlington. This won’t be an April Fool’s storm that will leave people laughing. Unless you live in the south, then you’re probably snickering just a little bit. Meanies.

Roanoke, Virginia to Raleigh, North Carolina

A pretty short road trip today, only 180 or so miles between neighboring states. There isn’t a major interstate connecting the two, so it’ll take a bit over 3 hours to cover the distance. Best to get a move on early during the day though, there’s a system a brewin’ out there! Also, it’s everything you wanted to know about the blog network in Raleigh! This will give you some quality reading material once you make it to the heartland of North Carolina.

A stationary boundary has set itself up over the Carolinas back into the TN Valley, continuing to a developing low pressure system over the Southern Plains. Plentiful moisture is being pumped into the Deep South as the low pressure will shift eastward towards the TN Valley by the afternoon hours, with the front continuing to sit over the Carolinas. Luckily, since we’re leaving mid-morning and should be in Raleigh shortly after noon, we should only see a few scattered showers out ahead of the system with otherwise cloudy skies for the duration of the trip. Later on in the day, however, some heavier rains could filter into the Raleigh area and a plume of rain and thunderstorms trek just south of the area. More severe weather is possible further to the south and west, so at least we shouldn’t have to worry about that.

Additionally, here’s the aforementioned links for your weekly Blog Roundup!

News 14 has a weather blog, however it doesn’t seem to be updated daily, only when significant events are moving through the region.

WRAL has a weather blog as well, which is updated slightly more often. They appear to have a Twitter feed too, which is pretty up-to-date with events going on.

Allan Huffman of the Examiner has a quality weather blog.

Lastly, Matthew East (who doesn’t have an advertised affiliation with a local TV station or newspaper) has a weather blog concerning weather affecting the Carolinas. Lots of data to peruse and enjoy!

Chillier than Anticipated

The cold front that brought some afternoon rain to Jackson, TN brought in a cold air mass behind it that nobody expected to cool off the region as much as it did. Clear skies and calm winds Thursday night dropped temps all the way into the mid 30’s, no doubt making for a brisk Friday morning for people going out to retrieve their newspapers. V-W had the coldest forecast low for the area Thursday, which was enough to put us into a comfortable win.

Wednesday: 0.35″ in a heavy rain shower. High 78, Low 56.
Thursday: Non-standard day, High occurred at midnight. High 56, Low 34.
Forecast grade: C

Bloomington, Indiana

Coincidence that these last 2 forecasts I’ve done have been in Indiana, a hotbed of basketball activity, with March Madness starting up today? Perhaps the competition for the title in this forecast will be just as exciting. We can hope anyways…

At 11:53PM EDT, the temperature was 66 degrees under mostly cloudy skies and some gusty winds at Bloomington. A cold front has been making its way through the Mid-MS River Valley, kicking up a few isolated showers ahead of it. Most of this activity has been seen in Lower MI and Northern IN as well as approaching the St. Louis area. There is a VERY slight chance a thundershower could pop up in this activity as the front slides through during the midday hours, but odds are convective activity will stay off to the southwest. Clouds will remain behind the system as it sags off to the south, but doesn’t make too much headway before it stalls out in advance of another system developing over the Southern US. High pressure will build down over the area on Saturday, keeping things dry, but with only patches of sun expected. So clouds and a couple showers on Friday you say? More reason to stay indoors and enjoy some more quality college basketball!

Friday: A few isolated showers, remains cloudy. High 66, Low 56.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy but dry. High 60, Low 39.

TWC: Friday: Scattered showers, an isolated tstm perhaps. High 66, Low 55.
Saturday: Early AM shower, poss thunder, then cloudy. High 58, Low 46.

AW: Friday: Mostly cloudy with a shower. High 66, Low 56.
Saturday: Partly sunny. High 62, Low 47.

NWS: Friday: Slight chance of a shower or thundershower. High 66, Low 56.
Saturday: Mostly cloudy. High 59, Low 43.

WB: Friday: Late afternoon thunderstorm? High 66, Low 54.
Saturday: Partly cloudy. High 59, Low 43.

Here we see the clouds associated with the cold front shifting through the region, hiding a few light showers underneath. Spring is coming! Literally, the 1st day of spring is only 4 days away.

It’s a Mystery!

As mentioned in the forecast for Anderson, the high pressure relented early Tuesday, causing a low-pressure system to bring plenty of rain to central Indiana. Sadly, the recording station at Anderson only records from 8am – 4pm (who knew that weather had normal day job hours?!), so recording proper numbers wasn’t possible. If we wanted to use nearby Muncie, IN, VW would have easily won with a near-perfect temperature forecast, but alas, it goes into the record books as no score for anybody. Curses!

Tucson, AZ to Danville, VA

March Madness is kicking off tomorrow, and you’re all ready to relax and take in the dozens of games about to be played. But wait, you have to do a surprise 2,108-mile, 4-day long trip to visit the in-laws?! What were they thinking?! Better hit the road quickly, so we can catch some of the late-game action at the hotels!

DAY ONE

We start steaming eastward out of Tucson along I-10, making quick work of Arizona before we make it into New Mexico. A large trough is pushing its way through the West Coast today, bringing plentiful rains and high mountain snows to the Northern Rockies and portions of the Great Basin. Luckily, only some higher clouds will affect our travel past Las Cruces and into the westernmost part of Texas. A system developing over the Northern Plains has a strong southerly flow feeding into it. Western Texas is prone to some very high winds, with Guadalupe Pass experiencing many events a year where the wind blows over 50mph. We won’t see anything like that, but could see a few gusts as we make our way onto I-20 and into Monahans for the evening. Ideally we would have stopped 20-30 miles further back at Pecos, but sadly, it looks like there’s nowhere to stay there for the night!

DAY TWO

We can call this the I-20 day, since all 515 miles we’ll travel today en route to Longview will be along this stretch of interstate. An area of high pressure is parked over the Gulf Coast, and is deflecting a frontal system over the Northern US away from the region. An area of low pressure is developing over the Central Plains along the tail end of the front that’s draped from the Great Lakes down to the KS/OK area. Luckily for us, this area of low pressure won’t really be able to develop fully and fizzles out. There could be a low deck of clouds over portions of Central TX in that flow feeding the aforementioned system, but should lift by the afternoon hours. The biggest issue as we drive past Midland and continue on by Abeline, will continue to be gusty winds, to the tune of 20-30mph at times from the southwest. There’s a slight chance of a scattered shower or two, but these should be few and far between, with mostly cloudy skies continuing through a good portion of the day. Winds will die down by evening as we make our way past Dallas and into far eastern TX, winding down the day about 30-40 miles from the LA border

DAY THREE

Today we head eastward into Louisiana, with some cloudy skies greeting the start of our day. While the high pressure that’s been sitting over the Southeast the last couple of days is shrinking, it continues to dominate the weather over the area. Clouds should burn off fairly quickly this morning as we pass Shreveport and Monroe and continue into southwest Mississippi. Winds shouldn’t be a problem today, as it looks like light winds and mostly sunny skies will entertain us as we drive past Jackson by midday, then continue back Meridian and take a northeast jog into Alabama, finally winding down the evening in Birmingham, covering 513 miles today.

DAY FOUR

Last day of the trip! Some patchy fog is possible as we start the day off, but should burn off shortly after sunrise. While high pressure is now controlling much of the Eastern US, the weak end of a cold front is dropping through the Carolinas into Georgia today. Clouds will increase as we progress east out of Birmingham towards Atlanta, with perhaps a brief, light shower between Atlanta and the South Carolina border. While clouds will continue to last overhead as we make our way past Greenville, SC and into North Carolina, our remainder of day should be dry. A system towards the northwest will bring rain showers to the OH Valley, but won’t be able to get far enough south to affect the final push our day past Greensboro and into Danville.

Danville, Illinois to Anderson, Indiana

Easily the shortest road trip I’ve done, with only a measly 119 miles separating the 2 cities. I drove over 350 miles this weekend personally watching a couple college hockey games. This trip should only take about 1 hour and 45 minutes to accomplish. There are longer commutes to work in Los Angeles I’m pretty sure.

An area of high pressure over the Great Lakes is keeping an area of moderate rain showers over southern Illinois and western Kentucky, with overcast skies over central IL. The low pressure system kicking up this precipitation shield will be slow to move towards the east today as the high pressure stubbornly gives way. Clouds will remain over the route for the entire day, but should be dry for our morning drive eastward into Iowa. Didn’t even need to put in that second CD.

Anderson, Indiana

At 1053PM, the temperature at Anderson, IN is 36 degrees under overcast skies. While a dome of high pressure is keeping the Great Lakes area dry, including Anderson, an area of low pressure over the Southern Plains is pushing eastward towards the MS River Valley. The high pressure is keeping the rain suppressed off to the south over southern IL and Western KY, and should ward off the precip for most of the day, even if it will remain cloudy. Tuesday sees the high pressure finally relenting towards the east, with the low pressure developing further and shifting out of the Ozarks and into the Ohio Valley. Some lighter showers are possible Tuesday morning, but should pick up in intensity and persistence by Tuesday afternoon. A couple claps of thunder could be possible, but most of that activity should remain well off to the south of Anderson.

Monday: Remaining cloudy. High 44, Low 30.
Tuesday: Rain showers increase. High 47, Low 34.

TWC: Monday: Mostly cloudy. High 45, Low 32.
Tuesday: Rain expected. High 50, Low 35.

AW: Monday: Times of cloudy and sun. High 48, Low 29.
Tuesday: A bit of afternoon rain. High 51, Low 30.

NWS: Monday: Partly sunny. High 45, Low 30.
Tuesday: Rain likely. High 48, Low 33.

WB: Monday: Partly cloudy, a few evening rain showers. High 45, Low 28.
Tuesday: Rain likely. High 48, Low 33.

Here we see the rain off to the southwest of the Indianapolis area. It should be a slow-go for it to make it northeastward, but it’ll arrive by Tuesday afternoon.

Wet End to the Workweek

The cold front that advertised heavy rains over the East Coast delivered as promised, giving a good soaking to New York City. Nearly an inch fell on Thursday, then duplicated itself early Friday morning before it shifted towards New England. Mostly cloudy skies ruled on Saturday, as temperatures nearly duplicated themselves. Everybody had 37 for a Saturday low, but I was gutsy and went 38, which pushed V-W to a narrow victory over AW & NWS.

Friday: 0.93″ in heavy rain showers. High 55, Low 40.
Saturday: High 56, Low 38.
Forecast grade: B