Green Without Envy For St. Patrick’s Day

Posted at 4:03 PM, Mar 16, 2013
and last updated 2013-03-16 16:03:43-04

WEST MICHIGAN – I wish we could say we had the luck of the Irish with us this St. Patrick’s Day weekend in the weather department, but unfortunately temperatures are running 10 to 15 degrees below normal.

Normal or average highs have us in the mid 40s, we’ll only see mid 30s at best today. Unfortunately, that doesn’t change for the green day itself on Sunday. Temps will only make mid 30s at best again as a cold breeze from the northeast blows in. At least the weather will remain quiet and uneventful through the weekend, despite the cooler temps.

The light snow we had Friday night in to Saturday morning delivered a couple of inches across the area making some roads, sidewalks, and parking lots a little slick for a time in the morning. Our next chance at seeing more mixed precipitation (probably rain and snow) will occur on Monday as a system throws up some moisture from the south and west.

In fact, temperatures the next several days are expected to remain below normal with the pattern that we’re in. Perhaps the following week, or last week of March leading in to Spring Break will be a little warmer. Recall most of March in 2012 was ridiculously above normal with temps in the 70s and 80s. Not good! That caused the early apple blossoms and we lost most of the crop due to a late season frost…so we don’t want to repeat the scene. We need to just ease in out of winter and in to spring over the next few weeks. Check out the six to ten-day temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Centerhere. Here’s the seven to 14 day outlook. Below normal on both maps.

To get the full West Michigan forecast head to Have  great weekend.