A Busy March will Continue to March on!
The first week of March started off with a bang! Two major storm systems hit the lower 48 states over the past week. More big snows came and went or the northeast, Corn Belt, Appalachia and more snow and rain for some of the central plains. We had another good round of precipitation over portions of northeast Colorado, many areas of Nebraska (except the panhandle) Kansas, Oklahoma and into Iowa and Missouri.
While the next week ahead will be less active across the lower 48 states, we will still have wet and active weather in the Pacific Northwest, eastern Great Lakes, southeast and New England.
There will be a “hint of Spring” in the air across the Rockies and plains states over the next week, however, the warm up will be short lived as colder and unsettled weather will return this coming weekend and into next week.
The northern tier of the United States is likely to fair the best in regards to picking up more chances for rain and snow. This will be especially true in the Great Lakes, central and eastern Corn Belt areas as well as in the northeastern states. Below is a precipitation forecast through Thursday March 21.
Unfortunately, there is not much precipitation in the future for many areas of California and the desert southwest. In particular, New Mexico, Old Mexico and portions of west Texas will likely remain drier than normal for another week to ten days.
Despite some warmer temperatures for the nation’s mid section and plains states over the next week, we continue to expect most of the lower 48 states to still have a colder than normal March. There is still plenty of cold air over the far northern reaches of Canada and Alaska. That cold air, if given the right opportunity may push south into the lower 48 states before the month is over. So, the rollercoaster ride that March can be sometimes looks to be on track this year.
Especially look for colder than normal temperatures over the northern plains, upper Midwest, Great Lakes and northeast.