From the ABC 7 Weather team

A sunny spring day, but will it be a rough start to the new season?

March 20, 2011 - 11:38 AM
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Look for winter to end as a partly sunny and seasonable day, but rain is on the horizon as are much chillier temperatures. 

This Afternoon: Partly Sunny & C0oler

Highs: 52-56 | Wind: NE 5

Tonight: Showers Likely

Lows: 37-42 | Wind: S 5-10

Monday: Showers & Storms, Warmer

Highs: 64-67 | Wind: S 10-15/G 25

The chilly start this morning was a reminder that it is still winter - if only for a few more hours. The vernal equinox, the official start to spring, occurs this evening at 7:21 PM. As if on cue, a warm front will move through the area, bringing milder, but moister air to the region. But before the rain and warmer air arrive, we will enjoy a partly sunny, rather cool day wth high temperatures rising only to the low to mid 50s; it will be the coolest of the last four days which included Friday's summer-like 80 degree day, the mildest since way back on October 12th. Clouds will start to increase this afternoon and rain is likely after midnight. Showers will be an ever present threat on Monday as well and as a cold front nears, a few thunderstorms are not out of the question. 

Look for highs on Monday to soar into the mid 60s and for winds to gust up to 25 mph. Thereafter, mostly unsettled weather will characterize the week as the cold front stalls to our south and serves as a firing line for successive low pressure systems.  Much chillier air will also arrive with highs hovering around the 50 degree mark and lows dipping to near freezing for much of the week. Showers are possible again on Wednesday and Thursday with some computer models showing a chance of snow flurries. So much for our hopes of a string of  warm days to welcome in spring!     

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