I can’t remember too many times, or maybe ever, that I have seen that type of weather in late February. A warm front associated with a monster low pressure system to our west is responsible for last nights prolonged period of rough weather. As this squall line approached it began to tap into very strong upper lever winds out of the south. Not only did these winds cause temps to rise some 20+ degrees in an hour in some locations, but they also translated down to the surface causing extensive tree damage and power outages.
Power outages and areas of flooding continue to persist this morning across parts of the region. Some 2-4 inches of rain fell yesterday which is a blessing due to the extremely low snow pack (just not all at once). Today we continue to be under the influence of this low pressure over western NY. We will continue to see a chance of showers and scattered downpours during the day today. The high temps today which range from 50 degrees to the low 60’s, will be reached sometime this morning.
A cold front will be pushing though the region today, this will not only spark the potential for more showers, but also cause temps to slowly drop through the day. Temps will go from near 60 degrees back into the 20’s overnight and not out of the 30’s tomorrow. This pattern that we have been stuck in this entire winter season is being heavily influenced by the El Niño in the Pacific Ocean. This has caused warm Pacific Air and moisture to flood into the east all winter. The interaction between winter and this mild pattern has been creating wild swings in our weather and some extreme weather events this season. As spring begins its surge north, there is no reason to believe the pendulum will not continue to swing, meaning period of cold, followed by surges or warmth, with large storms between are likely to continue over the next 30-60 days. Hope everyone dries out and has a great day, and don’t forget to keep calm and weather on.