Winter's Last Punch - 47 ABC - Delmarva's Choice

Winter's Last Punch

We are almost a week into the official start of spring, but it hasn't been feeling like it. However, there are signs that spring weather will return and stay for a longer period of time.

The next three days are looking pretty cold with highs only in the 30s and 40s. Monday brings sunshine, but Tuesday brings the chance for rain and even snow! Delmarva could see some minor accumulation of snow on the grass, between a light dusting to perhaps an inch in areas north of Salisbury. The sun returns by Wednesday afternoon, but highs remain well below average. Our average high for this time of year is 57 degrees. So where's the warmth you might ask? It's coming!

So looking at the long range models, it appears that there may finally be a pattern change coming up just in time for April. There are indications that the polar jet stream, which supplies the cold air, will retreat back into Canada and towards the North Pole. A ridge of high pressure will develop off the Atlantic coast, what we call "the Bermuda High." This high, when strong enough, brings the hottest and most humid conditions to our region during the summer, but this is spring and this system is not looking that strong. But it will be strong enough to bring us a period of warmer weather which could last several days to perhaps over a week, instead of just lasting one day and then more cold arrives, which is what we've experiencing lately.

This pattern change looks to begin later this week with temperatures climbing into the lower 60s and remaining near 60 for the weekend. And then temperatures could warm up even more as we head into the beginning of April. Do I see 70s in the future?

So in conclusion, I believe our winter weather in terms of snow and long lasting cold is coming to an end. Our temperatures will continue to trend warmer and warmer after this week with a period of nice warmth in early April. Could there still be some more shots of cold? Yes, definitely, but it won't last long and it won't be as cold as previous shots. Hang in there!

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