Mar 8, 2016 11:17 PM

NH1 Weather Insider with Joe Joyce: Spring has sprung in NH and it's not turning back

NH1 Chief Meteorologist -

Even though the calendar may not say it officially, I am saying it now...Spring has sprung and it's not turning back. That is not to say we will not see another snowflake this season or another cool shot of air. That is in the realm of possibility. But we are moving into a prolonged spell of mild temperatures thanks to a jetstream dominated by mild Pacific air. Temperatures will average above normal for the rest of the month of March. When you tack it on to the historical warm winter we just experienced. It is quite a remarkable run that will likely continue well into the rest of the Spring of 2016. Spring officially arrives on March 20th this year in case you were wondering.

Wednesday will be a wonderful outdoor day. A warm front will lift out early in the morning opening the door for a flood of mild air to be propelled into New England thanks to SW winds with a mix of sun and clouds. A huge ridge will be in place across the east coast with record high temperatures arriving in New England. Highs will be climbing into upper 60's and Lwr 70's by the afternoon. Clouds will increase Wednesday night with a cold front which will slide into the region and may trigger a shower or two. This cold front will stall over us Thursday. Southern New England will see temperatures still holding in the 70's Thursday, but we will be slightly cooler with highs in the 50's to near 60 on the cooler side of the stalled front.

A wave of low pressure will ride along this boundary separating the warm from the "not as warm". Rain will develop and spread into New Hampshire from the midday through afternoon hours. The rain will be heavy at times and continue into the evening before tapering off during the early morning hours of Friday. A widespread half an inch to one inch of rain may fall. Some of the rain, may briefly change to snow in the northern mountains as the low pulls away. High pressure will slide towards New England providing drier air and a NW wind. Temperatures will hold in the Lwr-mid 50's Friday. Plenty of sunshine in store of the weekend with highs in the 50's near 60...averaging well above normal for this time of year. What a weekend for some bonafide spring skiing!


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