With an early Mardi Gras this year, the Krewe of Storms is lining up off the west coast. The 1st moved thru southern California today with a much stronger one coming behind it. Since much colder air covers the lower 48, it’s only a matter of time before a major snowstorm develops. Models are hinting at a Gulf low forming late Saturday and moving up the east coast for Sunday with perhaps more to follow as the storms are expected to keep coming in from the Pacific. For us it means rainy spells every 3-4 days with cold air following each system. Actually, this is what we expected to see during December during an El Nino year. As I previously mentioned, weather tends to go from one extreme to the other and I expect that to happen for the rest of January & February. With an early Mardi Gras, that could mean big trouble for parade watchers & riders.
In the short term, Tuesday will begin clear & chilly with clouds moving in as soon as the noon hour. Afternoon highs should stay in the 50s so you’ll need the heavy weather gear once again. Wednesday looks milder with some showers coming in for Thursday. Friday looks fine, perhaps near 70 before Saturday brings that Gulf Low. Stay tuned!