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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

A Bit Of Snow Thursday

Hello spring! The vernal equinox occurred at 7:02 AM. But the chilly air will be similar to the cold everyone in the office has been fighting off…never-ending. Below average temperatures will continue right through the beginning of April.

 An ocean storm will make meteorologists a little nervous on Thursday. (What else is new this season?) Although the center of low pressure will remain well out to sea, a few bands of snow on the outer edge could materialize. The best chance for snow will be for areas south and east of Hartford where a dusting or coating is possible (maybe up to an inch in New London if everything comes together just right). Skies will remain mostly cloudy with the chance for a few flurries or a period of light snow, mainly in the afternoon and evening. High temperatures will remain stuck in the 30s.

A flurry is possible on Friday too with a mix of sun and clouds and temperatures climbing up around the 40 degree mark.

The weekend isn’t too bad! I can’t use the words “warmer” without cringing because temps will still remain below average. Let’s call it “moderating temps” with highs that could reach into the mid 40s with partly to mostly sunny skies.

Here’s the deal with the coastal storm early next week. Right now the computer models are showing a strong storm developing near the Carolinas and moving due east. That would mean a close call with a glancing blow. Sounds better than a direct hit, right?

Well… 

I’m not quite ready to buy into that solution as much as I want to. That’s not to say it can’t happen. But I want to watch this storm. With the current weather pattern (negative North Atlantic Oscillation) and our luck this year, this storm could still change its mind and come back to bite us. We’ll put flurries in the forecast for now and watch closely. Very closely.

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