Weather: From Thunderstorms To Snow (3/17 AM)

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Scattered Showers Thursday Afternoon

Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

Skytracker Radar will be lighting up a festive green this afternoon with scattered showers and a few isolated thunderstorms. But tonight, a cold front dips south and brings snow showers back to the region just in time for the Friday morning commute.

Thursday morning, widespread and dense fog is expected for the morning commute due to calm winds, mild temperatures and lingering low-level moisture. That moisture will manifest itself in a different way by this afternoon. Look for partly to mostly cloudy skies with scattered to numerous showers. There’s even the chance for a few isolated, high-based thunderstorms, producing gusty winds and small hail. High temperatures reach the low to mid 50s with south winds of 10-20 mph, gusting to 30-40 mph even outside of any storms.

Tonight, a strong cold front sags south out of Quebec and brings a return to cooler temperatures for our region. Throughout Friday, scattered snow showers will leave us with a fresh dusting to 1-2″ of snow, especially at higher elevations – most of which falls in quick bursts right during the Friday morning commute. Highs on Friday stall in the mid 30s. Saturday, sunny, but even colder. Highs on Saturday reach the low 30s, bookended by overnight lows in the teens.

Sunday night into Monday, we are continuing to keep a close eye on that coastal storm as it treks north northeastward. Long-range model runs late yesterday and early this morning, continue to jog the track of that storm back to the west and closer to us. If that trend holds, it would mean accumulating snow to start off the work week. Now there is still some disagreement between the GFS and Euro models, so you can bet we will be monitoring it over the next several days; but consider this an early heads up!

Have a great one!

-Skytracker Meteorologist Amanda Lindquist

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