This Week’s Weather
By John McGinley
March Starts Off With Some Snow; February Wetter and Cooler Than Normal
The first five days of March didn’t look too promising for snow, but another disturbance out of the northwest outperformed expectations by dropping 4-5 inches of snow around the area on Monday. The disturbance wasn’t especially cold with highs only dropping into the 30s after a week of days mostly in the 40s. Coldest days were in the mid teens. The air had a decidedly spring-like feel to it all week. Winds were active with 5 days over 40mph. This past week we saw the last two days of February so we can compute the statistics for the month. The heavy snow of the last week of February drove totals way above normal with 33 inches of snow. This was over twice normal. The snow melted out to 1.72 inches…a nice addition to the soil moisture. The average high temperature was 30F and the average low was 15F, making the month 2.5 degrees colder than normal. We had 13 windy days with 3 days over 60mph…..windier than normal.
Day Date High Low Precip Comments
Wed Feb 27 23 7 Gusts to 40mph
Thu Feb 28 25 13 Gusts to 47mph
Fri Mar 1 34 19 Trace S Gusts to 41mph
Sat Mar 2 42 29 Gusts to 53mph
Sun Mar 3 44 33 Trace S
Mon Mar 4 36 14 4.5S/ 0.22L
Tue Mar 5 42 14
End-of-week snow on ground: 9 inches
Wet storms are common in March and it looks like we are setting one up for Saturday. Right now it looks promising for rain to move in Friday, changing to snow late, and snow continuing most of Saturday. We should easily see at least a foot of snow. Monitor the local media Friday for more specific amounts. Sunday will see snow ending and clearing early in the day. Fair skies and warming temperatures will finish out the week.
Thursday-Mar 7: Fair and warm with highs in the mid 40s after lows in the mid 20s. Gusty winds late.
Friday-Mar 8: Increasing clouds with rain showers possible in the afternoon changing to snow by evening. Highs in the low 40s with lows in the low 20s.
Saturday-Mar 9: Cloudy with snow, heavy at times late morning to early evening. A foot or more possible. Highs near 30s early in the day falling to the mid teens by midnight.
Sunday-Mar10: Snow ending early with some clearing. Cool with highs near 30s after lows in the low teens. Gusty winds.
Monday-Mar11: Fair and warmer with highs in the upper30s after lows in the upper teens. Gusty winds.
Tuesday-Mar12: Fair and warmer with highs near 40 ; lows in the low 20s.
Wednesday-Mar13: Fair and warm with highs in the 40s after lows in the mid 20s.