It's been a long winter, but the weather is finally starting to break. We are in the middle of our longest sunny and dry stretch of weather since September! The snow is just about gone in the lower elevations across the region, as folks start cleaning up the yard. A sure sign of spring! The higher elevations still have snow on the ground, which is pretty typical this time of year. Even these areas will see an extended snow melt going forward.
High pressure is the main driver of our dry, sunny stretch. This time of year, the Great Lakes are colder than the air moving over them, meaning the lake effect season is just about finished. The opportunities for sunshine increase dramatically now that the lakes are much less of a factor. It's not a coincidence that the average days of sunshine increase in the spring and peak in the mid summer.
Our cold weather also turns warmer heading into the end of the week. Highs on Wednesday look to climb into the 40s, with 50s on Thursday and Friday. If the next storm system tracks far enough west, we could make a run into the 60s on Saturday. We'll see! Enjoy the weather while we have it!