March Likely to Roar in Like a Lion

If you’re ready for Spring, be patient, the medium-range forecast models indicate that unseasonably cold weather will return to a large portion of the United States as we head into the first full week of March.

The image above, (courtesy weathermodels.com) shows the 5-day ensemble mean of temperature anomalies the first ten days of March and it is looking rather cold across a large portion of the Midwest into the Mid-Atlantic.

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Damaging Wind Gusts Sunday Evening through Monday Afternoon

A powerful cold front will cross the Washington Region this afternoon ushering in gusty winds in its wake.  Winds could occasionally gust over 55 MPH in locations across the higher elevations of the Potomac Highlands, Catoctins, Blue Ridge and near/across the Chesapeake Bay.

The image above (courtesy weathermodels.com) from the North American Model (NAM) shows potential peak wind gusts from 7pm Sunday through 5pm Monday.  The gusty winds coupled with saturated soil from the recent soaking rain increase the risk of downed trees.