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Spring Snow Gone For Good?

I was supposed to be in Houston today enjoying sunshine & 70s or even 80s! Instead, I wake up to a couple inches of spring snow. My family and I are all healthy though and that's what matters most. Hope all you reading this are doing well .


That picture is looking out from my deck. Some areas south of the city picked up nearly twice that much snow. O'Hare now has 29.1" of seasonal snow which is 4.6" below average. The National Weather Service in Chicago has a great write up of this latest punch in the gut.


On average, we pick up another 2.1" from this point on in a typical spring. About .9" for the end of March and another 1.2" in April. The good news is that at least for the next 7 days the prospects are slim for snow and it only gets worse beyond that.


Let's start with my forecast for the next 7 days:


Monday: Cloudy & unseasonably cold High: 42

Tuesday: Mostly cloudy, light rain late Low: 32 High: 47 (42 lakefront)

Wednesday: Partly to mostly sunny Low: 37 High: 58 (52 lakefront)

Thursday: Mostly cloudy, light rain late Low: 43 High: 48 (44 lakefront)

Friday: Mostly cloudy Low: 38 High: 50 (45 lakefront)

Saturday: Mostly cloudy, light rain late Low: 42 High: 56

Sunday: On & off rain Low: 40 High: 54


So only precip in this forecast is rain. Looking beyond next weekend the highs most of the following week should at least be in the 50s. We could start April off with some 60s.


Here are the GFS forecast temps for Thursday, April 2nd courtesy of the College of Dupage's Next Generation Weather Lab:


The longer range 8 to 14 day outlook from Climate Prediction Center has us favored for above average temperatures overall from March 30th through April 5th. Only Alaska and portions of Oregon and Washington are favored for cooler than average temperatures.


Here's to hoping this season's snow is now all in our rear view mirror.

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