Spring officially begins on Saturday, and the weather is going to feel like it in Central New York! Before the warmth starts, we'll have one more cold and windy day here in Central New York on Friday. A storm system that brought widespread rain to the region on Thursday will bring a temporary push of colder air. Watch out for patchy black ice Friday morning.
Windy and cold on Friday, with highs in the 30s. Temperatures are expected to fall into the teens on Friday night. Then, things begin to change. A massive area of high pressure will drop in from the north. The jet stream pattern will start turning well to the north, creating something called a ridge over the Northeastern US. What that means for our weather is sunshine and much warmer weather. This begins on Saturday, the first day of spring, with highs in the upper 40s. Temperatures on Sunday climb into the upper 50s. Next week, high temperatures are expected in the 60s! Plenty of sunshine throughout all these days are expected, with the next chance of rain on Thursday.
This type of weather pattern remains very favorable for maple sap production. Remember, warm days AND below freezing nights are needed to make the sap flow. We're expecting ideal weather for this over the weekend, with conditions becoming a bit too warm heading into next week.
While the weather remains clear, you'll have plenty of opportunities to check out the International Space Station, too. The space station flies locally in the evenings over the weekend. Here are some of the times to watch it over the weekend: