A major storm that will be heading for the Great Lakes will create a wind fest here beginning late Sunday afternoon and continue into Sunday night and Monday. The very tight pressure gradient between the intense low moving to the east across Southern Canada against a strong high moving into the Northern Plains means that we will blow away here with sustained winds of 20 to 35 mph with gusts to 50 mph along coastal areas and 40 mph inland. This is typical of this time of year as the March lion roars.
As far as the rain is concerned for Saturday night into Sunday amounts will in the range of an inch to an inch and a quarter however there is the chance for a thunderstorm or two Sunday morning as the cold front goes by and that could push amounts higher in some areas.
In the meantime we continues to deal with lots of high clouds thanks to the developing rain across the Tennessee Valley that extend into Southern Virginia. That rain won't start moving northward until Saturday so look for nothing more than high clouds tonight with most lows in the 30s. Then clouds will thicken up Saturday with rain developing from south to north later Saturday afternoon into Saturday evening.
Look for the heaviest rains to be Sunday morning as the cold front moves through and there could be a thunderstorm or 2 in the mix as the front goes by. Then once the front passes weather conditions will improve Sunday afternoon but the wind machine will begin to pick up and then they will really get busy Sunday night and Monday.
The tight pressure gradient will begin will start to ease somewhat Monday evening and Tuesday should be a better day wind wise. Look for Sunshine on Monday and Tuesday with highs just in the 30s. Looking ahead in the longer range next week looks mostly dry and uneventful at the moment. A weak system may slide by to our north on Wednesday with clouds and perhaps a rain shower or two with highs in the 40s. Late next week a couple of system could slide across the south but they look to head out to the east and not head our way from what we see at the moment.