This time of year the normal high is 67° and the record is 85° and we are forecasting a rapid warm up into the upper 70s and lower 80s this afternoon. We will experience a 30°-40° temperature rise between 7AM to 4PM!
The warm pattern is due to winds aloft flowing from the southwest and surface high pressure ushering in sunshine, dry air and a warm air mass. This pattern lingers through St. Patrick's Day with highs once again in the upper 70s and lower 80s. We'll just see a few more clouds on Tuesday as moisture associated with our next storm system builds in our direction.
Once the disturbance to our west moves in on Wednesday, cloud cover increases, temperatures decrease and rain chances increase. The best chance for rain on Wednesday is after dark and south of I-20. This type of pattern looks to persist into the weekend with off and on chances for showers and normal to slightly below normal temperatures.
If you need to fertilize your lawn, we recommend doing it 12 hours or less before rain is expected. Personally, I think Wednesday AM is the best time.
Enjoy the warmth and of course the sunshine!
Jill Gilardi Fox 6 Meteorologist