Winter’s big comeback, and the return of snow
February was recently declared the second warmest on record in the United States. It appears Punxsutawney Phil’s prediction of six more weeks of winter couldn’t be more wrong — or could it?
Spring like temperatures and flooding usually not seen until spring dominated the weather in February, but now that March has arrived, it appears Mother Nature feels the need to remind everyone spring’s not here until she says it is.
As we get closer to the weekend, a low pressure system that’s been dumping significant amounts of snow on the Pacific Northwest and the Northern Rockies earlier this week is going to begin looking more like a clipper system — a fast moving winter storm that cuts across the Plains, Midwest and in this case, the South.
First, a surge of cold air is going to begin spreading out from the Northern Plains into the Midwest and even sneaking into parts of the South.
Then on Friday, snow will begin traveling from the Northern Rockies and into the Northern Plains — North and South Dakota and Nebraska.
By Saturday, the snow moves into the Midwest and the Mid-South, falling in Iowa, the eastern edge of Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, West Virginia, Virginia and the Carolinas.
With the exception of a few isolated areas, this isn’t going to bring many huge accumulations of snow. Clippers are notorious for quickly sliding in and leaving an inch or two of snow in their wake.
Places that should be most concerned about larger snow accumulations over the next few days are in South Dakota, northwest Iowa and northeast Nebraska. Another hotspot for some snow piling up is where Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia and North Carolina meet.
For most places, the snow likely won’t stick around for long since any freezing temperatures are expected to retreat farther north early next week.