Friday 10 a.m.
Here is today's forecast movie:
Beware the Ides of March! That warning was dramatic foreshadowing for Shakespeare's Julius Caesar. Shakespeare's plays may help us decide if we need to be wary. Today in the Northeast may be As You Like It1> in terms of no storms, but it is certainly not a Midsummer Night's Dream.
It's been A Winter's Tale on and off for months. Measure for Measure, it has been quite snowy in parts of New England, but not in the New York to Washington, D.C., venues. A low pressure area that will take the stage for the Merry Wives of Windsor (Ontario) will cause some snow (rain in the south, ye knaves) in the Hamlets of New York, Pennsylvania and New Jersey tonight and perhaps tomorrow. Unless we are making a Comedy of Errors, in which case all Love's Labour's Lost, the chance of widespread snow in the I95 corridor seems to be Much Ado About Nothing.
For early next week, however, we could see a Tempest brewing. A storm from the southwest could bring snow north and rain south in the Northeast quarter of the country between Monday night and Tuesday night. The merchant of menace will be a storm that could also cause thunderstorms in Georgia and Coriolanus (where it will be sunny and warm this weekend). More wintry chill will be on stage for spring's opening act on Wednesday, and the chill may offer many encores right into the next week.
As usual Cassius later for more details on your forum for weather, AccuWeather.com. And now, I think it's time for me to leave the stage, right? Hark, ye knaves!
This picture shows cloudiness surrounding a low pressure area off the Southeast coast. In the cloud zone, moist air rises and cools to the saturation point, and clouds form. Outside the storm, there is sinking air motion. This warms and dries the air, promoting sunshine.
A frontal zone separating cool to mild air to the north from really warm air to the south is becoming established from Illinois to New Jersey. An area of rain is moving east near and just north of the front. This map shows the setup.
Between yesterday morning and early this morning, quite a bit of lightning occurred. There can be some lightning all the way to the East Coast with this cold front, but the activity is likely to diminish. This map shows the distribution of lightning strikes in the (almost) 24-hour period ending at 7:30 ET this morning
The peak of the upcoming warmup should come on Monday for much of the Northeast. This map shows computer projections of temperatures at 4 p.m. ET Monday afternoon. Note the 80+ area in Pennsylvania. Cooler air will arrive by midweek.
As a storm slowly develops along the North Carolina coast, rain that was affecting areas of Michigan, Ohio and western Pennsylvania will tend to redevelop farther east and south. A flow from the east (see map) will keep it cool through tomorrow from New York City to Boston.
A sunny triangle is framed by a band of clouds moving southeast from Wisconsin, rain clouds over the Southeast and the western fringe of a North Atlantic storm.