Calendar Says Spring, But Feeling More Like Winter!March 20th, 2013 at 10:11 am by Tiffany Savona WAVY under Weather
Spring officially began at 7:02 AM this morning! But Mother Nature seems to be confused. It is going to feel more like winter in Hampton Roads over the next few days.
On this day last year, we saw highs in the mid 70s! Today, we will only see highs in the low to mid 50s, which is below the average high temperature of 59°. The National Weather Service in Wakefield calculated that March of 2013 has been on average about 12 degrees cooler than March of 2012 and about 3 degrees cooler than normal so far. Why has it been so cool across Hampton roads? Our weather over the past few weeks has been dominated by a large upper level trough of low pressure. This means there has been a big dip in the jet stream (fast upper level winds in the atmosphere) located right over the eastern half of the U.S. This allows the cold air to continue to funnel in from Canada. This is going to be the set-up for us over the next few days. Our weather pattern has remained unsettled because the storm systems follow the track of the jet stream.
The clouds will thicken up tonight ahead of our next cold front. A few rain showers will be possible after midnight. A cold front will move through Hampton Roads early Thursday morning.
Once the cold front moves through, winds will shift more out of the north allowing the colder air to move in as well. This will help the changeover from rain to snow.
This model brings the flurries/snow showers all the way down to the Southside and Northeastern North Carolina by 10AM tomorrow morning.
Snow showers possible for areas in North Carolina by noon on Thursday. I think all of Hampton Roads and North Carolina will have a chance for light snow on Thursday. The lack of moisture and the quick moving nature of these snow showers will only result in light snow falling from the sky. Therefore, we are not expecting much in the way of accumulation. For those areas that see the snow for a longer period of time may see a dusting at most on grassy surfaces and decks. It is too hard to pinpoint exactly where this will happen. Temperatures will remain above freezing, so we shouldn’t see any problems on the roads early tomorrow morning. Most of us will probably just see some flakes flying across the sky. The snow should taper off in the afternoon as drier air works into the region.
Hard to believe we are talking about the possibility of snow on the second day of the spring season! Another report issued by the National Weather Service in Wakefield states it has been the coldest start to the growing season since 2005. Growing days consist of days when the daily average temperature reaches 55 degrees or warmer. So the cold weather has definitely had an impact on farmers this year.
This cooler weather pattern will stick around through the weekend and through much of next week, so you can keep dreaming of the warmer weather.
Meteorologist: Tiffany Savona