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Arctic Air to Spill South Next Week

Figure 1. GFS predicted temperatures for the morning of Wednesday, March 6th, 2019. (Tropical Tidbits)

Meteorological spring might start on Friday. But as has been discussed, winter is finally going to make a reappearance next week as the large-scale pattern flips.

Computer models are showing a strong trough sweeping across the eastern two-thirds of the nation. This will likely bring a strong cold front through around the middle of next week, and a blast of arctic air behind it.

The latest CPC 6 – 10 day outlook still indicates a high probability of below-average temperatures from the 4th to 8th. Looking at the latest EPS, temperatures ~ 12 degrees (C) below normal are predicted along the Gulf Coast Tuesday – Thursday.

It is still a bit early to get too specific. However, there will probably be freezing temperatures all the way down to the Gulf Coast. We could also see widespread frosts/freezes across the South.

Cold Unlikely to Last

If you are ready for spring, good news: it does look like the pattern will revert to one that favors milder temperatures for the South and East as the month progresses.

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