Taking a leap right back into spring-like weather

After a bitterly cold Wednesday, temperatures took a leap back into the 50s for Leap Day, and the warming trend continues through this coming weekend. Winds will be strong out of the south and noticeable through Saturday. That south wind has helped boost our temperatures today and will keep them above average Friday. This weekend’s temperatures will be even warmer, reaching the low- to mid-60s Saturday and nearing 70 on Sunday.

The warmer air Sunday, combined with a little additional moisture and a cold front coming from the west, will make for a chance of rain late Sunday into early Monday morning. Monday is going to be a touch cooler with highs dropping back to the 40s. Rainfall totals look to be minimal, unfortunately, but a little could go a long way to lower fire danger.

Next week looks to remain quiet and mild with above average temperatures, although they look to remain below record territory. The weather pattern throughout the country will be more active later next week, but the chance of those storm systems affecting us locally appears to be much lower.