Do You Have Outdoor Plans this Weekend?

Weather Talk
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 - 12:53pm

Wind, cooler air, area rain and mountain snow may make you rethink them

Most of us look at the long range forecast and we focus on the weekend, especially if we do not have to work. I had planned to do some “neighborhood hiking” and just spend some time enjoying the great outdoors. I had made those plans this past weekend. Then when I analyzed the forecast a bit closer, I decided maybe I would look for more things to do that would be indoors. In Today’s “Weather Talk” I will focus in on the variety of weather conditions we have headed our way, what systems will be producing them and a few activities that are going on indoors.

Plan to do some things outdoors if you have a chance today through Friday. There will be plenty of sunshine today compared to yesterday’s blanket of clouds. There is a weak push of cooler air this evening from the east that will pick up the winds into the low end breezy range and will just make for more of a chill overnight with low temperatures in the low to mid 40’s.  An upper level short wave ridge of high pressure will keep the skies mostly sunny Thursday and increasing westerly flow of warmer drier air will keep the temperatures warm through Friday. High temperatures will warm to the low 70's Thursday and to the upper 70's by Friday

High clouds will push in on Friday ahead of an upper level wave or trough of low pressure. This system will travel through the Borderland late Friday into Saturday. As this wave sweeps through, the winds will go from breezy to the windy category. Not too fun for running or bike riding. A stalled out area of low pressure in northern Mexico will also start to pull in some moisture into our region. This extra humid air will help produce some area rain and high country snowfall on Saturday. The precipitation will be enhanced by a cold front that will be diving in from the north early Saturday. This front will mix colder air keeping both Saturday’s and Sunday’s high temperatures in the low to mid 60’s. A jacket will be definitely required this weekend!

If you still want to hold on to winter, you can head up into the Sacramento Mountains or the Gila Wilderness where the snow levels will drop to the 7500 foot level. This past weekend Ski Apache, near Ruidoso received nearly 10 inches of snow!

The bulk of the cooler air will mix in Sunday drying the Borderland back out. The chill will remain in the air through at least Monday morning. The westerly flow of warmer, drier air will kick back in late Monday to help warm up our region. There may another push of slightly cooler air again early next Wednesday.

So I just went to the Destination El Paso’s (formerly the El Paso Visor’s and Convention Bureau) and found out all the  "indoor"activities going on in El paso this weekend.. There is a Psychic Fair, El Paso Comic Con (for all you geeks and SCI FI nuts like me!) Art Exhibits & Galleries, A Jazz Ensemble Concert at UTEP to a Jalapeño eating contest! There are many indoor activities going on! Looking at the forecast for this weekend I think shifting your plans to include more indoor time is a safe bet! Oh yeah, do not forget to move your clock ahead an hour and check your smoke alarm batteries before you go to sleep Saturday night as Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday, March 9th. Enjoy your weekend!

Chuck DeBroder, Chief Meteorologist
KTSM, NewsChannel 9, NBC, El Paso, TX Chuck DeBroder NC9 @wxchuckNC9

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