Risk of heavy precipitation returns March 7-10

We'll enjoy a rather quiet stretch of weather for the next several days as systems pass to our south, but there are growing signals that this quiet pattern will come to an abrupt end later next week.

The Climate Prediction Center, which issues longer range probability forecasts, has much of our area in a higher risk for above-average precipitation for late next week.

Two storm systems of interest to watch will be in the Thursday/Friday time frame, and then again later that following weekend. Too far out to determine precipitation types, but both systems will likely be potent utilizing energy from much larger temperature gradients (or quick changes in temperature over short distances) that we experience this time of year.

Can't stress enough that if you live along the river or a flood prone area, you'll really want to be paying attention to the forecast through next week. Ice jams will continue to be a significant problem as temperatures drop dramatically early next week.