Beautiful first weekend half

<B>(Saturday March 30, 2013)</B> High pressure makes for a lovely start to the holiday weekend with few clouds and pleasant temperatures near 50°. Clouds won’t increase until tonight, with sun and clouds to start Easter Sunday and rain to finish.

For quite some time now our focus has been on a low pressure system over the Canadian Maritimes, which has been supplying central New York with enough moisture for cloud cover and even a few rain/snow showers during the past week. Now, finally, that system is drifting eastward. What this means for us is less cloud cover as high pressure builds in today. In fact, skies will be very sunny all through Saturday. Combine that with light winds and it will be quite pleasant today- in fact it should actually feel warmer than the forecast high of 50°.

Unfortunately, the high pressure system will already be moving off the East Coast come Easter morning.  That will allow a frontal system moving across the Great Lakes to move into New York State by Sunday afternoon.  We should see a steady progression from increasing clouds in the morning to rain moving in from west to east during the afternoon.  Here in Syracuse it looks like we will be at risk for some rain anytime from mid afternoon on.

Sunday’s front is the leading edge to another shot of chilly air that will arrive for Monday as a secondary cold front moves through the region.  That will change any rain to snow during the day and lead to another chilly spell of weather for the middle of the week with below normal temperatures and snow showers.

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