Mar 2, 2016 9:21 PM
NH1 Weather Insider with Joe Joyce: Winter's Last Stand
NH1 Chief Meteorologist
Cold morning to kick of Thursday with lows in the single digits and teens. Wind chills will be feeling below zero in any gusts of wind. High pressure sits over us making for a brilliant sunny day with lighter winds and highs only able to climb into the 20's to near 30 by the afternoon. Thursday will be another cold night with lows dropping into the single digits in many spots. Clouds will be on the increase Thursday night. A low will be tracking off the Carolina coastline Friday and tracking far enough off the coast to spare New Hampshire, but clouds will spread in making for a grey cool day with light east winds and highs in the Lwr 30's. The Cape and the Islands may be clipped by the northern fringe of this storm with the potential for several inches of snow and some gusty winds. No concern here except a few flurries!
High pressure slides in for the weekend with sunshine and highs in the 30's to near 40 with a more seasonal comfortable airmass for this time of year. After the weekend, the cooler air will be lifting out with an upper level ridge shifting east and setting up on the east coast. The jetstream will north and a flood of mild Pacific air will invade the nation which will take us right through the middle of the month! Temperatures will beholding into the 50's and 60's from March 8th through the 16th at least! That is all she wrote!
This is a major pattern change that will likely be the nail in the coffin of this very warm and snowless winter! In Concord, NH we have only seen about 24" of snow, well below the average of 60.8" of snow. With longer days, and sun angle increasing...it becomes harder for airmasses to get cold enough to support snow. In fact, much of the rest of March will likely have warmer than normal temperatures. The Spring Outlook looks warmer than normal as well. And signs are pointing to a very hot summer as well! Life in the fast lane coming off a Super El Nino fading and transitioning into a La Nina!
Since we are going to go full speed into Spring, here are a few things you may want to know for the month of March and beyond!