By Charles Roop
March 17, 2017
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WCTV) - After experiencing 57 days with above normal daily average temperatures year to date, the cool-down this week may have been welcome to cold weather lovers.
Old Man Winter came late this year, bringing his cane and incoherent yelling in the form of temperatures well below average for the Big Bend and South Georgia. The average high and low for Tallahassee for Thursday was 74 and 47, respectively. Thursday morning's low of 24 in Valdosta and 27 in Tallahassee proved a risk to those in the elements, and temperature-sensitive agriculture.
Luckily, the patterns are changing, and we'll be back to the warmth just in time for the first day of spring, which is Monday. The high pressure cell, which has been over the Southeast, is expected to move east over the next day or so, switching the flow in the lower levels to more southeasterly. This will allow a warming trend, increasing temperatures starting this Friday afternoon.
Temperatures Friday evening will cool, but nothing like what we have seen for the last four days. If you have any Saint Patrick's Day plans, a light jacket should suffice as temps will be back in the 60s by 8 pm.
Saturday morning lows will not be as cold as the last few mornings, with the low in the lower 40s. A weak cold front is expected to make its way south Saturday and Saturday evening. Lacking any good moisture return and lift, rain chances will be in the 10-percent range with the highs reaching into the upper 70s.
The weak front, which is expected to pass early Sunday morning, will usher in a reinforcing shot of drier air, but not COLD air. Lows Monday morning will get into the mid 40s, with the highs Monday jumping into the 70s.
Highs starting Tuesday will get into the 80s with lows warming into the 50s. The warmth will finally sync up with the season we are supposed to see warmer temps.