Lead Forecaster Daniel Crawley
Good Sunday morning to everyone, first off we are now in Daylight Saving Time across North America. You probably noticed the later sunrise this morning good news is sunset this evening will be after 7:30 PM for all locations in our coverage area.
The other thing you probably noticed it is quite frigid this morning across region as a strong trough has moved through the eastern US. Temperatures are in the teens and lower 20s as you get going on this Sunday. Temperatures will warm up fairly quick as we get toward lunchtime today and by this afternoon we will have temperatures in the 50s.
While that will seem mild considered to what we dealt with on Saturday, we are still looking at high temperatures today about 5 to 8° below what is normal for mid March. The averages for this time of year around 60° in the foothills and lower 60s in the Piedmont.
Moderation will continue as we head into Monday as the flow will be Westerly aloft and from the south west in the lower levels of the atmosphere. There will be a gradual increase in moisture as we head into the first half of the upcoming work week.
By the time we get into Tuesday night and Wednesday another short wave moving in from the Plains States will begin to close off an upper low across the southern US, this should help produce a lifting mechanism for precipitation to spread from Southwest to Northeast.
This looks like a potentially active time across the southeast with elevated rain chances Tuesday and Wednesday and possibly lingering into Thursday depending on how fast this upper low moves.
We will fine-tune our forecast the next couple days and break down who may see the most precipitation next week. Regardless temperatures should be back above normal for this time of year.