The Big Melt!

Saturday, February 12th 2011, 8:34 am
By: News On 6

As is evident from the nation-wide snow cover map on the right, much of the country has snow on the ground and in some cases such as around here; there is still quite a lot of it. That will be rapidly changing over the next few days as we will be getting rid of all but what is piled up in the parking lots. It may take a little longer to get rid of those mounds of snow; in fact it will be interesting to see just how long those big snow piles can last given how warm we are going to be during the coming week.

Bright, sunny skies through the weekend and a S to SW wind component should push temperatures into the 50s this afternoon and the 60s Sunday afternoon. The exception will be where the snow was the deepest and even there temperatures will be running well above normal. Along with an overnight low only near the freezing mark, the snow will be rapidly disappearing due to the combination of snow melt and sublimation.

A weak cool front will arrive on Monday shifting our winds back to northerly, but temperatures are still expected to be above normal. A return to southerly winds and even warmer temperatures can then be expected for the rest of the week. The southerly winds will also bring more moisture back our way so expect more cloudiness by the Tue-Wed time frame and possibly even a few rain showers.

The next chance for a more significant weather maker looks to be along about the coming weekend when a stronger cool front will bring a better chance of rain with it. So, in the meantime, enjoy this nice break in what has so far been a very frigid February.

As always, stay tuned and check back for updates.

Dick Faurot