The weather we're seeing on Presidents Day weekend

The weather we're seeing on Presidents Day weekend

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  • There's more rain headed for California.
  • Florida is subject to some rain as well.
  • Some locations in the north will feel like April.

Some of you are coming off a spell of winter weather, while others are still waiting to see if it will one day show up.

Meanwhile, many places farther north, such as Minnesota, are experiencing historically long warm winters.

Or as John Erdmann, chief meteorologist at Weather.com, put it: “This melting is really big.”

We sat down with Erdman and some others from our team of meteorologists to talk about what we're seeing in the weather as the second full week of February comes to an end.

(There's a very good music recommendation in the mix, too.)

What are you watching closely as we move into the weekend and early next week?

Erdmann: Presidents Day is famous for its East Coast storms. But our interest this year will be in California. After one system drenched Northern California on Saturday, a more drenching scenario could arrive Sunday night and last several days into early next week. More flooding, landslides and heavy mountain snow are likely, especially in Southern California.

(more: Flood and mudslide threats return this weekend in California)

Linda Lam: Temperatures in the south will serve as a reminder that it is still winter. Lows will drop into the 20s and 30s over the weekend making for a cool start to the day. However, the warming trend will allow milder temperatures to return by Monday afternoon, with highs in the 60s and 70s.

A resident watches floodwaters rise during a rainstorm, Sunday, February 4, 2024, in Santa Barbara, California.  (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)A resident watches floodwaters rise during a rainstorm, Sunday, February 4, 2024, in Santa Barbara, California.  (AP Photo/Ethan Swope)

A resident watches floodwaters rise during a rainstorm, Sunday, February 4, 2024, in Santa Barbara, California.

(AP Photo/Ethan Swope)

Some lucky people will get a long weekend thanks to George Washington's Birthday, which is celebrated as a holiday every year on the third Monday in February. For some, the weather will be perfect for adventure. For others, it's all about perspective, right?

Erdmann: With baseball spring training underway, let's give Southern Arizona a good weekend. What does sunny and 75 sound like? If you can't make it there this weekend, how about brewing up some Joe Nichols and looking forward to watching Cactus League Baseball.

Jonathan Bales: There will be complaints from the Sunshine State this weekend. It's looking like a drift for some across Florida, and on Sunday, temperatures will remain steady in the 50s and 60s. This is about 5 to 10 degrees below average.

(more: Why is Florida so cloudy this year?)

Orillon Sydney: Most of the weather in Florida will be just showers, but there may be enough instability for a thunderstorm here or there as an old cold front slowly makes its way across the state.

PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 12: Robbie Snelling throws #93 of the San Diego Padres during daily practice at the Peoria Sports Complex on February 12, 2024 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)PEORIA, AZ - FEBRUARY 12: Robbie Snelling throws #93 of the San Diego Padres during daily practice at the Peoria Sports Complex on February 12, 2024 in Peoria, Arizona.  (Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)

Robbie Snelling of the San Diego Padres throws during daily practice at Peoria Sports Complex on February 12, 2024, in Peoria, Arizona.

(Photo by Matt Thomas/San Diego Padres/Getty Images)

We have more winter injuries on the cards too. Where will this be most prevalent?

Erdmann: Hey, so much for a cooler style, eh? By Sunday, temperatures could reach highs in the 40s as far north as Fargo, the Twin Cities and Detroit. The February thaw shows no signs of abating during the rest of the month in the central part of the country. Maybe it's April already?

(He watches: Great Lakes ice cover is at historic lows)

Dina Knightley: After heavy rain in the South over the past few days, we are looking at drier conditions and any remaining rain moving closer to or further away from the Gulf Coast. Everything looks so wet outside that we need some dry days in our forecast.

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