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Chilly with a bit of sunshine

<B>(Sunday March 17, 2013)</B> Another chilly day is in store with highs only reaching the low 30s this afternoon. Sunshine will have a presence increasingly throughout the day. Big changes are on the way- snow and rain will be back come Monday afternoon.
High pressure makes for a quiet scene this St. Patrick’s day! With dry, sinking air, we expect sunshine to increase through the afternoon. Even though the northwest flowing air in the upper atmosphere is going to be colder than it was on Saturday, the sun should help to boost the thermometer in the afternoon. We should at least be a couple degrees into the low to mid 30s for St. Patrick’s afternoon. Normally for this time of year, the highs should be in the low 40s. If you recall St. Patrick’s Day last year, we were in the upper 60s. Quite a different scene this year.

Changes will be heading our way to start the work week as the next system will trek across the northern United States towards us. This means we could see another mix of rain and snow Monday and Tuesday. With these types of late winter systems, the trickiest part of the forecast is determining how the precip will fall. In this case, it looks like we could see a few inches of snow Monday afternoon before changing over to a slushy mix through Tuesday morning. Any rain showers will chance to snow showers as a cold front passes through early Tuesday.

Unfortunately, once the system passes we should remain cold for the rest of the week. However, it is still early and the details may change, so check back as we approach next week.

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