Winter of discontent

Below-zero wind chill marks spring’s arrival

Spring arrived shortly after 6 a.m. today but winter refuses to leave.

The new season was greeted with wind chill readings of minus 10 to minus 25 and drifting snow two days after a late-winter storm welcomed students back to school from spring break and slowed morning commuters Monday.

Despite sunny skies today, National Weather Service Meteorologist Dan Luna said a cold front that followed Monday’s storm would keep temperatures well below normal today through Friday before daytime highs rise above the freezing mark this weekend.
“We probably won’t see temperatures up to the freezing mark until Saturday,” he said. “We will see some below-zero weather Wednesday. It won’t be very nice.”

Along with cold air and gusty northwest winds, this afternoon’s forecast calls for a chance of snow after 1 p.m. with highs struggling to reach 20.

Tonight will see lows plunge to near 0, but the wind will gradually diminish to light and variable after midnight.

Conditions slowly begin improving Thursday with sunshine and highs in the upper 20s. Lows Thursday night will fall to the single digits.

Although the forecast for Friday through Sunday calls for highs finally rising above freezing, there is a chance of more snow Saturday through Monday. Highs during the period will be in the upper 30s with lows in the low 20s.

With single digit lows and wind chills well below zero greeting the first day of spring at 6:02 a.m. CDT today, Luna said it is unlikely the Valley will see spring-like temperatures the rest of this month.

“I don’t think we’re going to see normal temperatures here for the next 10 days,” he said, adding that by March 31, the average high in the metro area is 49.

“I don’t think we’re going to see 49 until April,” Luna said.