Thermometers could hit 60 degrees Thursday

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GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) — The clocks have sprung forward, the birds are chirping and the snow is looking a bit scarce. Spring is moving in and we are going to really feel like it Thursday.

It is likely that we will hit 60 degrees this week for the first time this season.

Forecast models have been consistant in giving West Michigan temperatures of 60 or higher for the last several runs, which increases confidence in the forecast. Here is an example of just one forecast model that has been consistantly hinting at warmer than 60 for a few days in a row:

The reason we will likely be so warm has to do with a low pressure storm system that will be heading this way. Areas of low pressure are able to wrap much warmer air north and much colder air south as they move through. The forecast track has consistantly placed West Michigan in something called “the warm sector,” which means it is in the sweet spot for the warmest temps. 

The last time we were 55 degrees or warmer was all the way back in late October.

Highs won’t stay that warm the rest of the week. Colder air will kick up some light mix and snow chances Friday and Saturday. 

We usually see our first 60 of the year around March 14 (which is Thursday’s date). Sixties for highs statistically become much more common for West Michigan around April 19.

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