7:15 a.m. update: Wind advisory 6 p.m. tonight to 11 a.m. Thursday morning for sustained winds of 20 to 30 mph and gusts to 50 mph. Scattered tree and power line damage possible.
FORECAST IN DETAIL
If we’re going to go from the 70s one day to wind chills in the single digits the next, this is definitely the month to do it. But even for March our incoming weather swing is rather extreme. As you might imagine, such a dramatic change comes with the risk of showers and gusty thunderstorms today into this evening, and strong winds tonight and tomorrow. After highs only in the 30s tomorrow, we’ll warm up again heading into the weekend, yet we must keep tabs on a wintry threat late Sunday into Monday.
Today (Wednesday): Let’s admit up front today is a complicated forecast and ripe for error, especially in terms of timing for showers and storms. Look for increasing morning clouds and a possible first round of showers early-to-mid afternoon. We may then see some sun break out mid-to-late afternoon, helping to boost highs to the low-to-mid 70s as breezes increase from the south. All that comes before a likely stronger line of showers and thunderstorms, with winds that could gust near 40 mph and a few possible tornadoes, barrels through during the late afternoon or evening (approximately 4-9 p.m. from west to east). Confidence: Low-Medium
Tonight: Showers and storms should exit by late evening. But strong winds continue through the night, gusting from the northwest near 50-55 mph. Temperatures plunge and skies clear during the late evening and overnight, incredibly all the way to lows in the upper teens to upper 20s by morning. Confidence: Medium-High
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Tomorrow (Thursday): It’s back to the dead of winter by the time we wake up Thursday morning, with gusty winds and wind chills for many of us likely in the single digits. Winds continue sustained from the northwest near 25 mph with gusts near 35-40 mph. And it’s freaking cold with highs only near 30 to the mid-30s despite mostly sunny skies, not to mention wind chills stuck in the teens and 20s. Confidence: Medium-High
Tomorrow night: Winds decrease during the evening and become light overnight. Temperatures drop back to lows in the upper teens to mid-20s (suburbs to city) under partly cloudy skies. Confidence: High
A LOOK AHEAD
Partly to mostly sunny skies and light winds from the south help Friday highs rebound into the 50s after those chilly morning lows. Uneventful weather should stick around through Friday night as lows settle in the mid-30s to low 40s. Confidence: Medium-High
Most of the weekend should be decent. Saturday sees a 30% chance of a few showers with highs at least near 60 and perhaps into the 60s. The shower risk wanes Saturday night into Sunday, with Saturday night lows in the upper 30s to mid-40s and Sunday highs in the 50s. But then — in the category of “will this winter ever end?” — we run the risk of a wintry mix late Sunday afternoon or night into Monday. Confidence: Low-Medium