Snow should melt away this week

The calendar shows the first day of spring arriving March 20, but the weather this week will feel like it’s closer than that.

Don’t expect a heat wave; however, for the most part, temperatures are expected to be well above average for this time of year.

“We are just seeing a relaxation of the pattern we were in during the Christmas period,” said National Weather Service forecaster Aaron Tyburski. “The storm track was to the south. Now were are seeing it start to go over the Great Lakes. That allows warmer air to lift back to the north.”

For today, it will be sunny with a high of 37 degrees, making it the chilliest day of the week.

Tuesday will bring sunshine once again and slightly warmer air, with a high of 39.

Overnight lows both nights will be in the mid 20s.

The warmup continues at midweek.

Wednesday and Thursday will be partly sunny with highs in the lower 40s.

There’s a 30 percent chance of rain and snow Thursday, however.

The most likely scenario, Tyburski said, would have rain arriving at daybreak and then changing to snow.

“If it does snow, it wouldn’t amount to much,” he said.

Overnight lows during those two days will be in the low to mid 30s.

Friday is expected to be mostly cloudy with a high of 47.

“We could be in the low 50s by next weekend,” Tyburski said.

With warmer temperatures, the snow blanketing the ground left over from the Dec. 29 storm will continue to melt away.

The meltdown should not create a problem for area streams, however.

“With low temperatures at night below freezing, we get a slower meltdown,” Tyburski explained.

The high temperature for this time of year is 33 degrees and the low is 17.