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Saturday, February 28, 2015

february's final hours... (am.28.feb.15)>

It's looking partly to mostly cloudy out there at dawn on this Saturday morning.  I'm recording a low temp of 44.4F (6.9C), and there has been no rainfall overnight.

Current satellite pics are showing quite a lot of high cloudiness streaming in from the southwest -- the advance messenger of the next storm system on the agenda.  It still seems that we'll be doing alright today, with probably more clouds than we had yesterday, but only a small chance of a couple of isolated showers popping up somewhere around the area.  Temperatures won't be too cold, but still several degrees below normal for the final day of February.

By tomorrow, a very intense upper-level storm system will be cranking up in the vicinity of Afghanistan and southern Pakistan.  It will begin to tap into abundant moisture from the Arabian Sea, pulling it northward toward the western Himalayas.  This morning's data suggests that we may not get much rain going until the latter half of the day, with the best potential for periods of moderate to heavy rain between Sunday night and early Tuesday morning.  There will also be some thunder involved, with another bout of strong and gusty winds as well.

Temperatures will plunge again... keeping us way colder than normal for the first two or three days of March.  This winter the snow line has remained well above us most of the time, but as always, once precipitation sets in and temperatures drop, we'll have to keep a close eye on it.

We'll hope for a period of mid-week clearing before rain chances enter the picture again late Thursday into next weekend.  Check THE 7-DAY OUTLOOK tab above for details.