Friday, March 5, 2004

3/5 MORNING UPDATE: HAPPY FRIDAY!

Had a nice detailed post yesterday morning and managed to delete it, so I will try again.

SPORTS PRACTICE WEATHER

Friday
- Might hear distant thunder, but no risk of a local thunderstorm between DC and PHL. In the cities, we are going to crack 70 today. Farther north in PA, you'll hang in the mid 60's.

Saturday - Overnight and into the morning, big time rain will move in, but not everyone will get drenched. Expect some localized thunderstorms and brief but torrential rain. Then clearing late in the day. Highs start in the 60's, then drop as the front passes.

Sunday - Clearing and cooler. Highs in the 40's north (PA) to low 50's south (MD)

CROCUS WARNING NOW IN EFFECT

Monday - Much cooler as return flow after the storm passes will deliver cold air from Canada. Might see some flurries later in the day as a clipper slowly moves east. Snow will redevelop overnight for a few hours, providing a gentle coating but generally less than an inch. Although the crocuses have been poking out and there are even reports of tulips appearing, they may have a new coat of snow on them by Tuesday morning.

Tuesday - School closed? No way. A delay? Perhaps, if accumulations overnight go beyond an inch. Is there a historical parallel to this storm? You bet...

March 9, 1984. A slow-moving March clipper slices across the Mid-Atlantic. What was thought to be a dusting to an inch rapidly developed off the coast, tapped increasingly warmer Atlantic waters, and delivered a whopping 9 inches in Philadelphia, and 6 inches in the northern Baltimore suburbs.

Do my "Zonefolk" remember that one? I sure do, as I was walking through snowdrifts to the bank that day since we had no school, thinking... "Gee, this is a lot of snow for March."

AND NEXT WEEK WILL FEATURE THE RETURN OF THE EVER-POPULAR FRUIT CUP FORECAST ON MONDAY

Overall, the cold will linger for much of next week as no area in the Mid-Atlantic will crack 50 until the weekend.

Next post on Sunday afternoon. Enjoy the wonderfully wild weather heading your way!



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