Thursday, February 28, 2013

Chillin', Illin', But The South Is Gonna Be Feelin' Cold's Brunt

So the rumors of a cold start to March are likely reality over the coming days. Nothing arctic, nothing that will have you running for the nearest space heater, but highs near 40 on Sunday isn't exactly a warm reminder of Spring being around the corner.

The trough that's digging down across the eastern half of the country, bringing colder air to us, will really bring the brunt of chill across the Deep South and Southeast on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.  The West and Rockies will get the taste of Spring, with 80's likely in Arizona this weekend as high pressure ridges in aloft.

The core of cold, with temperatures 15 to 20 degrees below average, will shift from Louisiana and Mississippi on Saturday eastward through the rest of the Southeast through the course of the weekend.  Freezes are possible down into the Deep South on weekend mornings and while this is not unusual, it's still cold for them for this time of the year.  Mobile, AL, for instance could see lows near freezing on Sunday morning despite their normal low being near 50 degrees at this time of the year.  Needless to say, a good bit of chill expected for them.

For us, it's a continuation of a cool to cold pattern that has been in place more often than not since the latter portions of January. February will finish with below average temperatures and we've been running at or below average more often than not since January 21st.