Bad weather to blow through possibly white Easter

A wet Palm Sunday weekend will stretch through the rest of the work week preceding the Easter holiday, with the addition of stronger winds and colder temperatures, bringing a wintry mix of rain, wet snow and hail, report meteorology forecasts Monday.

A cyclone’s activity over Latvia has churned up strong winds that will gradually push in colder air masses and lots of precipitation. During the first half of the week skies will be overcast, delivering scattered rain showers, at times heavy and sustained, over most of the land, while Vidzeme and Latgale provinces may also expect wet snow.

Winds from the south-southeast will reach gusts between 12 to 17 meters per second, while high temperatures should range from +3 to +8 degrees Celsius.

Overnight to Tuesday the wind will shift from the south-southwest and become stronger (15-20 meters per second), especially on the coasts of Kurzeme and Vidzeme provinces (21-23 meters per second). Latgale will be spared the worst of the windiness, but low temperatures will drop to +2 to +4 degrees, with occasional rain and wet snow continuing.

On Tuesday, with skies occasionally clearing enough for moments of sun, more scattered rain, snow and hail are still called for, while the gusty winds should continue, however with diminished force.

Wednesday is expected to be very wet, however more so in the form of snow, which may continue as wet snow and hail towards the end of the week as winds turn from the west-northwest and lose more of their gusty strength.

Low temperatures during the second half of the week will dip overnight to between -3 and +3 degrees. Slightly clearing skies and slower wind speeds may nudge the mercury down to -5 degrees freezing, while high temperatures during the day will rise from zero to +5 degrees.

Thus by Easter there may be a snow cover on the ground again, possibly sticking for a few days in Latgale and Vidzeme. While not likely to reach any thick accumulations, it looks like all of Latvia may be seeing a white Easter this year.

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