Warming trend begins

/ March 7, 2019 at 8:41 AM

After a couple rather cold days, temperatures will start to make a comeback closer to (and eventually above) normal as we head into the weekend.

Another freezing start

For the second straight day, temperatures dipped below freezing at most stations away from the coast. We got as low as 30° at Moncks Corner and Summerville, 31° at the airport, and 32° at Mt. Pleasant and Johns Island. This will do it for freezing temperatures for the foreseeable future as a warmup is projected well into next week.

Climate Prediction Center temperature outlook for March 12-16, 2018. Warmth to continue.

The outlook for next week also favors above-normal temperatures, according to the Climate Prediction Center. There are some signs in the longer-range, though, that temperatures may trend a little cooler as we get into the second half of March. Don’t put away the sweaters just yet.

Looking ahead to the weekend

Overall, the next few days look pretty good and mostly dry, with temperatures moderating into the mid-70s by Saturday. Saturday looks to be the “pick day” right now, as some showers and thunderstorms re-enter the forecast for Sunday as a cold front approaches the area.

Severe weather risk for Sunday

The Storm Prediction Center continues to outline much of SC, including Charleston, in a risk area for severe storms on Sunday. There are timing and intensity differences to work out. Latest models have shown that the best support for severe weather looks to remain north of the area; NWS Charleston agrees with this assessment and isn’t too bullish right now, but as the forecast evolves, we’ll want to keep an eye on this potential.

As I mentioned yesterday, there is still a lot of time for details to shake out for Sunday. Don’t cancel plans, but be thinking about what a Plan B for outdoor activities looks like on Sunday.