February’s pattern continues into March

/ March 1, 2020 at 10:24 PM

Stop me if you’ve heard this one before: We’ll kick off the work week in the 70s, with rain chances building in later in the day Monday and sticking around through early Friday before a front pushes through, taking the rain with it and dropping temperatures to the upper 50s for Saturday and Sunday. Yes, despite the change in the calendar, we have not turned the page on the unsettled pattern that you can basically set your watch to at this point.

Monday should be mostly dry, but be ready for a chance of showers during the evening commute. Best rain chances arrive after dark.

Rainfall surplus possible by the end of the week

Weather Prediction Center guidance (pictured above) strongly indicates another 2-3″ of rain this week across the Lowcountry. This will likely put the area into a rainfall surplus by the end of the week. As of March 1, we are running just 0.29″ below normal with a year-to-date rainfall of 6.49″.

Frost and freeze outlook

Current forecasts don’t indicate any signs of any frost or freeze activity in the Charleston metro for the next seven days. We’ll want to see how temperatures behave Saturday and Sunday mornings with clear skies and light winds for lows possibly below 40 away from the coast, maybe leading to a little light frost formation. If the need arises, NWS will issue a frost advisory. But for now, plants are A-OK and will likely love the additional rainfall this week.

Get ready to spring forward

Daylight Saving Time will return at 2am March 8. (Yes, you’ll be putting that hour of sleep back into escrow.) Sunday’s sunrise will occur around 7:38am, while the sun will set at 7:22pm. We’ll have a few weeks of dark wakeups before pre-7am sunrises resume in mid-April.

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