Good Saturday (Leap Day) bloggers,
We are in for some great, much above average temperature weather this leap day. We won't hit a record as that was set in 1972, 83°. March is going to come in like a lamb as we are in a calmer weather pattern. We will make a run at 70° this weekend, and if we miss, next Thursday we may reach 70°. Between now and then we do have some changes in the weather, so let's go through this.
SATURDAY: A surface high pressure will be north of Cape Girardeau, MO. The wind blows clockwise around high pressure, so we will have increasing south winds. The south winds along with 100% sunshine and dry air will take us to the mid 60s. It would not surprise us if we reached 70° as that will occur just to the west.
SUNDAY MORNING: The day will start much warmer than Saturday as south winds at 10-25 mph and some clouds keep the temperature up. Lows will be in the upper 40s to low 50s.
SUNDAY AFTERNOON: We will make another run at 70°, but there is a limiting factor. Clouds will be increasing and if the thicker low clouds reach as far west as eastern Kansas, we will reach the low to mid 60s. If the low clouds stay farther east and we have thinner high clouds, we could easily reach 70°. There will be less wind as a cold front approaches from the northwest. A few rain showers will start forming along and south of I-44.
MONDAY MORNING: It will be cloudy and colder and there is a chance for sprinkles. Snow will be occurring across western Nebraska, northwest Kansas and eastern Colorado. 1" to 4" of snow is possible out there. Showers and a few thunderstorms will increase Sunday night into Monday along and south of I-44.
MONDAY AFTERNOON: The snow from the west will move east and change to rain as it weakens. So, we may see a few rain showers and sprinkles with highs in the 40s. This is the one main rain chance the next 7 days with amounts trace-.05", if any at all. So, if you are thinking about putting fertilizer down, this is not enough rain to wash it in. The rain will be more widespread across southern Missouri.
TUESDAY: We will see more sun with highs back to the 50s. A rainstorm will be increasing across the southern USA.
WEDNESDAY: We will be partly to mostly sunny with highs nearing 60°. The rainstorm will be ongoing across the southern USA. If we miss 70° this weekend, we will have a chance next Thursday.
RAINFALL FORECAST THE NEXT 7 DAYS: We may see .02" and it depends on what happens Monday. Look at the southern USA. Some locations from Tennessee to Mississippi may see 6" to 8" of rain. This will cause more flooding, after they experienced two rounds of flooding in February.
Are we done with the snow? There will be 1-2 more chances between March 10th and 25th. So, winter is almost over.
Have a great weekend.