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Weather Outlook for the Week of March 17, 2020

Weather Outlook for the Week of March 17, 2020
By Kyle Imhoff
A series of disturbances will lead to frequent showers and periods of rain later Wednesday through Friday. Temperatures will rise into the 60s and 70s by Friday ahead of an approaching cold front. With plenty of moisture streaming into the area, rainfall totals through the end of the week will range between one-half inch and two and a half inches for most areas. On Friday afternoon, a cold front will lead to numerous showers and thunderstorms, some with heavy rain and gusty winds, during the afternoon and evening hours. After the front sweeps through the region, temperatures will cool down substantially. By Sunday morning, low temperatures will drop into the teens and low 20s as skies clear under a ridge of high pressure. Another storm heading into the Midwest by the start of next week should bring more precipitation to the area as early as Monday night or early Tuesday, with some areas possibly mixing with some snowflakes at the start.
Long-range model guidance continues to indicate a milder than normal end to March and start to April. Current model data also predicts a rather wet next couple of weeks followed by a bit drier conditions for early April.
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