We’re tracking a prolonged stretch of dry and tranquil weather – keeping things rather quiet in the extended mid-February forecast. We’ve been hinting at this for quite some time and it looks like we’ve finally broken through the persistent northwest flow we’ve been trapped in for the last few weeks. That means a few things – no more hard-to-forecast snow chances and no more super cold weather. Get ready for sunny days and clear nights – with an overall warming temperature trend! Ironically – Valentine’s Day will probably end up being the warmest day of the week and…year (so far). But before we get there – we start to warm things up today. Expect highs approaching 50° during the afternoon, under clearing skies. The main reason for this mid-week warm-up is the warm wind direction. The south winds are back and they’ll stay a bit breezy through Valentine’s Day. Combining the warmer winds with our mid-February sunshine will easily send temperatures into ABOVE average categories for most of this week. Remember – our average high temperature for this time of the year is climbing and it’s now up to 44°. There’s only a handful of days in the extended forecast that will be cooler than that seasonal standard and we won’t have one until…Friday.
As we alluded to above – the warm-up is on through Valentine’s Day (Wednesday). We’re looking for flirtatious highs near 70° – as hearts swell all across our neck of the woods mid-week. If we get past 68° on Wednesday – it will be the warmest day of 2018 thus far. That would put us nearly 30° ABOVE average on Cupid’s holiday! We can probably all fall in love with that – especially after the winter weather we’ve dealt with over the last few weeks! Longer range computer models try to bring in a few RAIN showers on Thursday, but as of right now, those rain chances look meager (20%) at best. We’ll keep our eyes on Thursday though, because it stands as one of our few chances for precipitation, over the next 7+ days. In these stretches of quiet weather, we allowed to get cute with the temperature forecasts and really hone in on even the smallest of rain (or snow) chances. So, please keep checking back as Thursday gets closer.
Thursday’s potential rain-maker is a cold front and that means a return to reality by the end of the week. It might get a bit tough to reach 40° by Friday afternoon, but we’ll try to rebuild those temperatures by the time the weekend rolls around. Despite Friday’s cool-down, we’re expecting highs in the 50s on Saturday and Sunday – with a real possibility that Sunday’s forecast could nudge into the 60s…again. When we start talking about the 60s and 70s this time of the year – it sure makes it seem like spring is not so far away. And the countdown is on too – just 35 more days until the vernal equinox! Monday is yet another holiday – Presidents’ Day. Washington’s Birthday looks to be a return of cooler weather – with another meager chance at a rain/snow mix. Right now it looks like daytime temps will be trapped in the 30s. If you have a long weekend – be sure to soak up the sunshine and milder temps on Saturday and Sunday! Stay tuned.
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– KSNT Storm Track Meteorologist Kyle Borchert