March 5, 10:45 PM: The Long Ranger

Here is another look out to April.

Posted: Mar 5, 2019 10:06 PM
Updated: Mar 5, 2019 11:45 PM

Any lingering snow showers & flurries south of Route 18 will exit over the next couple to few hours.

Watch for a few slick spots tonight to early tomorrow morning due to local dustings of snow & snow blowing over roadways.

It will be another night of bitter cold night for March.  I am forecasting 7.  Record low for March 6 for West Lafayette is -9 set in 1960.  Wind chills tonight may drop to as low as -10 in the viewing area.

With partly cloudy skies Wednesday, highs will run 23-29 with

Snow is likely late Thursday-Thursday night before ending as a changeover to some rain Friday morning as temperatures rise from 27-32 to 33-37.

Much the area will see 3" to 4", 1-3" will fall in the northeast however with tongue of heavy snow nudging into the far west.

Big storm system for the weekend with lots of wind, especially Sunday.  Winds on Sunday may gust from the west to northwest up to 45 mph.

This, after rainfall Saturday midday-afternoon-night with the heaviest Saturday evening.  Some embedded t'storms are even possible.

After a dry slot with some clearing late Saturday night as the rain exits, we should cloud back over Sunday morning with falling temperatures all day. 

Some snow flurries & snow showers are evening possible Sunday afternoon-evening.

A total of 0.75-1.50" of rainfall is possible.

After temperatures skyrocket to the 50s by Saturday evening-night, they will fall into the 30s Sunday.

Severe weather is possible Texas to northern Missouri to Louisiana Saturday to as far east as Mississippi & western Kentucky.  We will get the leftovers.

Worst of the severe risk will run from central Texas & Oklahoma to Arkansas & Louisiana.

Some snow showers & flurries are possible Monday with 31-35, followed by sun & 34-38 Tuesday (with lows 19-25).

Rainfall is likely Thursday-Thursday night of next week as we rise into the 40s.

Next Friday looks gray with some snow showers & flurries with temperatures falling into the 30s with a brisk west wind to 33 mph.

This system will not have the rainfall amounts like the Saturday one.  0.30-0.60" seems more likely with this one.

Temperatures may drop to 25 degrees below normal around March 15-19 with snow showers at times with minor accumulations.

Cold pattern should ease around & after March 20.  Temperatures March 6-18 should average around 5-7 degrees below normal with precipitation ending up normal to slightly above normal. 

A sudden surge of spring is likely in late March with 70s possible.  This will be the big boost to get the Western Chorus Frogs & Spring Peepers calling, the Silver Maples & Red Maples blooming & the crocuses blooming & then the daffodils all way up.

Storms should follow with a surge of cold with temperatures around 20 degrees below normal as we reach the very end of March.  This may be the time of our final amount of snow for the spring.

However, major warm-up should transpire as we enter April.

Much colder weather should arrive mid-April after a surge of spring with above normal temperatures in early April. 

Precipitation April 1-20 should average near normal & temperatures near normal (take above normal temperatures in the early part of April & below normal temperatures mid April with average to normal).

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