Shirtsleeves by the weekend
There are snow icons in the regional forecast for today, but that's nothing for us to worry about. And by late in the week we should be enjoying temps in the upper 60s, maybe even 70, forecasters say.
You can thank a big high-pressure system now centered over the Great Lakes. After a couple of low-pressure centers scoot by to our south and out to sea today, the high will take over and settle off the coast. That will give us sunshine tomorrow, good stargazing Tuesday into Wednesday. A flow of warm air around the backside of the high, from the Gulf, is next. Gulf air is wet, of course, so we could see some showers by late Wednesday into Thursday, and more Thursday into Friday.
By the weekend, however, things should clear up and temperatures could crowd 70 degrees. If we're going to see another snowstorm this season, it sure won't be this week.
That said, we can expect to read some weather news later this week about severe weather to our south and west. The same flow of warm, moist air that will dominate our weather this week will be clashing with colder air in the Southern Plains. That could trigger severe thunderstorms and possibly tornadoes in the lower Mississippi Valley as the Spring severe weather season gets cranked up.
Here's how we looked from space on Sunday, with clear skies all around. Click on the image and enlarge it with the enlarger button that appears when you move your cursor over the photo. Notice the nearly ice-free surface of Lake Erie. Just a slab along the Pennsylvania shore and at Buffalo. There's also plenty of snow in NY State and northern Pennsylvania. Thanks to NASA's Terra Earth-Observing Satellite and the Smog Blog folks at UMBC.