[notice]Due to a very busy schedule, the blog will remain on a limited posting schedule this week. Full daily updates are likely to be resumed on Saturday, March 30. For the remainder of this week, brief forecast updates will be posted on Tuesday and Thursday.[/notice]
This Week – Weekend: Gradually Warming Up
Partly cloudy skies are expected to persist through Friday, with temperatures gradually warming up, reaching the 50s for the first time since earlier this month. Highs will generally end up in the upper 40s to low 50s, with isolated showers possible especially on Thursday. Overnight lows will also warm up, reaching the upper 20s to low 30s inland and the low to mid 30s across the rest of the area.
By next weekend, a brief warm up is expected with mostly sunny skies as temperatures rise into the low to mid 50s across the area for highs, perhaps reaching the upper 50s on Sunday. Should temperatures fail to reach 60 degrees, this will be the first March to have failed to reach this mark in NYC since 2001.
Longer Range: No Break From Blocking Pattern Yet
The weather pattern appears to pull its own April Fools joke, as despite a brief warm up at the end of March with the most spring-like conditions since early in the month, a trough is expected to return for the beginning of April with another cold air mass likely to drop into the region, continuing the current winter-like pattern that has been in place for the last 2 weeks. The latest models are likely overdoing the intensity of the cold air, but the overall theme is for continued colder than average temperatures, with highs likely in the 40s and possibly 50s. While it is uncertain if this pattern results in any additional widespread snow in the region or simply cold and dry conditions, any persistent spring-like pattern still remains on hold.