Double whammy cold fronts coming

Grand Cayman can expect
back-to-back cold fronts over the next five days, but neither is forecast to be
particularly strong.

Cayman Islands Chief Meteorologist John
Tibbetts said the first cold front will be felt from Wednesday afternoon.

“We’ll see the cloudiness come in
from [Wednesday] afternoon,” he said. “There will [initially] be a westerly
component, so the seas along the west coast will have a little bump in it from
then, but it won’t get rough until over night.”

The winds are eventually forecast
to shift to the north-northeast, and starting Wednesday night and into
Thursday, increase to 15 to 20 knots. Seas are expected to be moderate to rough
with wave heights at four to six feet.  A
small craft advisory will be in effect from Wednesday through Thursday.

A calming on Friday will be
short-lived, as another cold front is expected to come in Saturday night.

Mr. Tibbetts said that although
Cayman will experience its third cold front since last Saturday, none are
particularly strong.

“The one coming [Wednesday] will be
almost a photocopy of the last one,” he said, referring to the cold front that
affected Grand Cayman over the past weekend. 

He said the one coming on Saturday
looks, at this point, to be almost the same as the others, but he wasn’t
positive about its strength yet.

“Our data doesn’t go out that far
to fully analyse that [cold front] at this point,” he said on Tuesday.

The initial forecast shows winds of
15 to 20 knots out of the north and wave heights of four to six feet from
Saturday night. A small craft advisory will be in effect from Saturday night.

Mr. Tibbetts said the two cold
fronts were associated with the stormy weather that has left much of mid-west
and eastern United States covered in snow.

“What they’re getting in the States
is the northern part of the cold front; we’re getting the southern part,” he
said.

The leading edges of both of the
cold fronts heading for Grand Cayman are expected to bring isolated showers.

Mr. Tibbetts said cold fronts are
usual for this time of year, but that they start to wane in March and
April.  Late winter storms tend to be
drying, with no rain components.

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