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Weather Eye: Spring is here, but winter likely isn’t done with us yet

By Patrick Timm
Published: March 21, 2023, 6:04am

The official start of astronomical spring arrived Monday afternoon, but our weather evidently didn’t get the message. Winterlike weather returned Monday after a string of 60-degree-plus high temperatures. We do get a break in the shower activity today and most of Wednesday, and as we get some sun breaks, we may luck out and log in a couple more 60-degree highs.

Yep, it’s that time of the year as the seasons change there is always some astronomical chaos, and we will see that clearly this week. A cold trough of low pressure arrives by Thursday morning with chilly rains and more mountain snowfall. Colder air aloft filters in on Friday and Saturday and snow levels drop to dangerously low levels.

No, I’m not expecting a general snowfall here at city levels but for sure our neighbors in the foothills will shake their heads once again. Don’t be surprised to see those white fluffy flakes falling to the lowest levels and most likely mixed in with the rain showers. Could be a little touch and go late Friday night if things line up correctly.

I know we all want some warm spring weather and forget winter, especially as the countryside is beginning to wake from winter’s slumber with bright yellow daffodils, pussy willows and many other early spring colors. I even saw a few pink flowering trees Monday.

The National Climate Center is predicting quite chilly temperatures the rest of the month and even below-average temperatures into mid-April. The good news and hope for the future are that the atmosphere may settle down and the month of May could be warmer than average. Wouldn’t that be great? I’m looking forward to that.

As I mentioned recently March is running above average with rainfall and although the showers Sunday and Monday were on the light side, heavier rain is expected Thursday through Saturday with a three-day total of one-half of an inch to perhaps 1 inch. High temperatures will struggle to reach 50 degrees and hover mainly in the 40s during the day and 30s at night. It’ll be a while before I mothball the winter coat.