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March Growls in on Chilly Note

March's weather will not start on a lionish note in all likelihood but it appears a cold cat is probably more likely for an analogy as the calendar page changes.

As the calendar eases out of winter and toward spring, Mother Nature is making the transition more slowly than usual.

A year ago at this time, we were in the midst of a stretch of three days out of six of 60 degree or warmer days. But outside of Wednesday's flirtation with the upper 50s, no such luck is in sight for the next two weeks, as the atmospheric pattern after a storm system moves through in the middle of this week is a morass of stale late winter and delayed spring.

If you like warmth at this time of the year, feel free to wait a couple of weeks, as the middle of March should bring a fling of warmth our way. How long that fling lasts is still very much to be determined, but it doesn't look like the whole of March will feature the same chilled feel throughout.

This week's weather features a very nice Monday, a pretty nice Wednesday, a soggy Tuesday night, and a general morass of sprinkles and unsettled weather to close out the work week and to start March.  

Tuesday night's storm system looks to be a bit of a soaker, as potentially an inch of rain could fall around the region. That storm will push out early on Wednesday, leaving a pretty nice day for its remainder as temperatures push into the middle, perhaps upper 50s.

The warmth won't last, as a cold trough in the atmosphere sets up in the eastern half of North America in response to this storm system, leaving Thursday through the weekend unsettled at times, chilled at others.

It won't be arctic cold, but temperatures will be a bit below average across our region and significantly below average across the Midwest and South as we close out February and start March.

Showers, sprinkles, flurries, or perhaps snow showers will accompany this pattern at times into the weekend. It won't sprinkle, shower, or flurry all the time, but we could see a couple of rounds of sprinkles and showers move through the region over the latter few days of the week.

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Tom Thunstrom is the editor and publisher of Phillyweather.net. You can also follow Phillyweather.net on twitter @phillywx or on Facebook.

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