METEOROLOGIST MELISSA FREY’S FORECAST DISCUSSION:
Happy Valentine’s Day! We’ve made it halfway through the month and have yet to see much winter weather in 2013.
We’ve only had measurable precipitation five days this month, and three of those days brought in less than five hundredths of an inch. Our total is now up to .58 inches, which is almost two inches below average for rainfall for the month.
The next seven day stretch does have three opportunities for rain through.
The ridge of high pressure that has been sitting just off shore all week is now moving east. This will keep us dry and mostly sunny Thursday and Friday. The valley however, will have to put up with fog Thursday and Friday mornings. Highs will be in the mid 50s with lows in the upper 30s.
A weak cold front will move in behind the ridge on Saturday. It’s not much to write home about, but could bring in a hundredth or two in light showers. (It’s normal for us to see about .20″ of rain per day this time of year) and will be the front edge to a colder air mass that will stick with us.
Sunday and Monday are both looking dry (but foggy) as another ridge of high pressure forms. Temperatures will fall behind the cold front though to the upper 40s, with lows down into the mid 30s.
The next storm moves in Tuesday. This one is looking stronger and colder that the past several we’ve seen. We’ll likely see showers on Tuesday followed by rain on Wednesday. The snow level will fall to at least 1,500 feet by Wednesday morning.
Have a great Valentine’s Day and enjoy the dry weather while it lasts,
-Meteorologist Melissa Frey
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