March Giveth, March Taketh Away
A spring in our step with warmth early this week will be replaced by a return of late winter chill for the end of the work week and St. Patrick's Day weekend.
Last year, Philadelphia had cracked 70 degrees three times by the middle of this month and enjoyed a 71-degree St. Patrick's Day that had trees flowering in Center City and had the region enjoying what was arguably May in March.
Despite the tease of warmth we got over the weekend and will enjoy through tomorrow, such thoughts of a warm surge on the level of last year should probably be scuttled now. Another slap of crispness awaits on Tuesday with a cold front, followed by a slow and steady decline in temperatures as colder northwest winds await.
Tuesday's front will bring about a half inch or so of rain as it crosses the region, perhaps with one last push towards or just above 60 for highs...although as of now the earlier in the day timing of the front suggests this isn't as likely.
High temperatures from near 60 on Monday to the 40s by Thursday, where they will likely reside through the weekend and into next week. There could also be a chance of light rain and snow showers on Friday and again Saturday night. Neither looks terribly impressive but both offer a chance to annoy the warmth lovers out there as a few snowflakes are possible.