Cold temps persist, but not for too much longer

March 25, 2015 0 Comments

Our winter-like final week of March continues with cold air pouring into the region on the heels of the most recent snow producing storm system to impact the local area. Most of the area received one to three inches of wet, slushy snow Tuesday night, adding a little extra white to our winter wonderland. Rochester actually set a record with Tuesday’s snowfall with 2.6 inches registered at midnight. The overall total for the storm was 2.7 inches and was very typical of what most locations measured. Here is a look at some more totals around the area.

Blustery, cold weather is taking over and this will again be the story for Thursday before Canadian high pressure settles in for Friday.

The current jet stream location is allowing some cold air to pour into the Upper Midwest on the heels of the surface low that produced some slushy snow in the area.

The current jet stream location is allowing some cold air to pour into the Upper Midwest on the heels of the surface low that produced some slushy snow in the area.

We’ll have to deal with a pronounced dip in the jet stream for the end of the week as a rather cold air mass moves in under that high pressure on Friday. High temperatures will be about 15 degrees colder than normal for this time of the year as we move into the weekend.

As a ridge builds into the Plains to our west, we'll continue to have very cold air flowing into the Upper Mississippi Valley for the start of the weekend.

As a ridge builds into the Plains to our west, we’ll continue to have very cold air flowing into the Upper Mississippi Valley for the start of the weekend.

After one more weak storm system moves through the area on Sunday, we’ll enjoy sunny skies and improving temperatures as the upper level wind pattern shifts northward into a nice ridge, meaning warmer, quieter weather for the beginning of the upcoming work week.

A ridge of upper level high pressure moves in for the early part of next week allowing much warmer air into the entire Upper Midwest. Highs in the 50s to lower 60s can't be ruled out for a few of those days.

A ridge of upper level high pressure moves in for the early part of next week allowing much warmer air into the entire Upper Midwest. Highs in the 50s to lower 60s can’t be ruled out for a few of those days.

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