Temperature Trend is Up…But Slow

Good Friday bloggers,

We are in an overall warmer pattern into next week, but it is a process.  The warm up is not going to occur in a straight line up as cold fronts come through and the snow pack have an effect.  Yesterday we rose to the 40s and the melting process began.  This did get ride of most of the icicles, but much snow remains.  Today we are having one of the setbacks as a decent cold front moved in early in the morning.  The rest of today will be in the 20s with limited sunshine, so watch for icy patches as any water from the melting snow is re-freezing.  Tonight, high pressure will settle overhead.  This will bring a light wind and clear sky, but this could lead to ice fog!  The snow cover is no doubt playing havoc with the warm up.

Now, on Saturday a warm front will move through, but not in time to take us to the 50s, likely the 40s.  There will also be clouds and also we will have to watch for any morning fog.


As you can see below we are on the eastern edge of the warmer air.  Areas to the west will warm into the 50s and 60s.


Look how close the 50s will be.  Anyone for a day trip to Emporia, Topeka or Manhattan?


Then, a weaker cold front drifts in Saturday night, making Sunday cool as well with highs in the 40s.  A system moves in Sunday night, bringing clouds and perhaps some drizzle.  Behind this system will be a nice push of Pacific air, so that when it exits early Monday our temperatures will finally respond.  We still have 60 in the forecast for Tuesday and perhaps even Wednesday!


The map below shows the warmer air building in the Plains.  This will start a surge this way after a system moves by Sunday night.  At 3 PM Sunday, the map below, the storm system is in the northern Rockies.


The warm up will be nice as the ice and snow melt, but the set up the last two weeks with snow/ice melting on warmer roofs, then freezing as it drips off, causing huge icicles, ice dams and jams has played havoc with my gutter!  A new expense, Yay!  I am thinking let this go until after winter.


Happy Valentine’s Day and have a great weekend!



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