A strong cold front will come charging through the greater Springfield area Monday. Behind it will be much cooler air with down right winter time temperatures at night and that’s no April fools’ joke. Could this be winters last gasp? There are signs the blocking pattern that has been in place for so long is finally going to break down and allow milder temperatures to catch up with the calendar. But not just yet. After Monday and starting at night through Wednesday it will be much cooler than normal. After that we start to get back into a moderating trend toward the end of this work week as we recover to near normal temperatures. Toward the end of the second week of April, if all goes as planned, we could begin to see more spring like temperatures locally.
Monday, expect partly cloudy skies early with skies turning threatening for the afternoon. A few showers are likely as the cold front quickly moves across the area. A brief squall is possible with a downpour and wind gusts to 40 mph. High temperatures will jump back into the 50s, prior to the frontal passage, then begin to fall quickly after the cold front moves east of the Pioneer Valley. Overnight, skies become mostly clear and winds will gust to 30 mph out of the west. Temperatures are going to tumble back into the mid 20s by Tuesday morning. Wind chills in the teens. That is hard to take for the start of April.
It will feel like winter when you leave for work or school Tuesday morning, with the cold temperatures and gusty winds. Don’t expect much of a recovery in the mercury during Tuesday. Highs will slowly creep through the 30s and top out near 40 degrees, despite a fair amount of sunshine. Some clouds will build in the afternoon and a stray snow shower is possible. Winds will continue gusty out of the west and northwest. Overnight temperatures will again fall into the mid 20s.
Wednesday, more of the same with fair and partly sunny skies as temperatures climb into the low 40s. Lows at night dipping into the upper 20s. Winds will remain gusty throughout the day and finally start to quiet down at night.
Thursday and Friday will see temperatures rebound to near or about seasonal averages. Highs in the upper 40s to low 50s. Nighttime lows in the low 30s. Fair and dry weather should prevail both days, however we are watching for the possibility of a coastal storm that could impact the area later Friday and Friday night. This system, if it comes close enough, could produce a wintry mix of precipitation Friday night. Right now that solution is a bit of an outlier. But, do stay tuned. Perhaps one more last gasp of winter.
Have a good week all.