March Off to a Stormy Start
March may have come in like a lamb this past week, but will be roaring like a lion over the next few weeks.
There will be two major storm system affecting the lower 48 states this week and into the following weekend. Both storms will have major impacts on travel and livestock as they move across the country.
The biggest headline grabber will be storm system diving southeast out of North Dakota and into the Corn Belt before heading east into the Ohio Valley and then into the Mid Atlantic states.
Heavy snows (6 or more inches) will fall across Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio. Some snow for Kentucky and Tennessee will be possible as well. As the storm heads east into Virginia and North Carolina, we are expecting the storm to intensity rapidly and turn into a big wind and snow maker for Virginia, West Virginia, Washington, D.C. and as well possibly Philadelphia and possibly clipping NYC.
This will be a wet snow, especially for many areas of Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio where water equivalents of (0.50 to 1.50”) will be possible. The higher elevations of Kentucky, West Virginia, Virginia and northern North Carolina could see some very heavy March snows.
Another strong storm system will move off the Pacific coast and into the southern Great Basin by late in the week. If this storm behaves as expected, a slow moving, moist and deep storm system will develop over the central and southern Rockies by Saturday morning. This would be the third major storm in a month to take aim on the central plains and right into the heart of the most severe drought areas. See latest drought analysis below.
This storm has great potential to bring wet, heavy snows and rains to many areas of Wyoming, Colorado, Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma portions of Texas. Even Utah, Arizona and New Mexico may get badly needed precipitation. See forecast precipitation amounts through Monday morning March 11th.
This storm will mostly be in the form of wet, heavy March snow, so stock growers should be prepared for possible winter storm conditions this weekend along the east slopes of the central Rockies and adjacent High Plains.
After this storm, expect the weather pattern to remain very active with more opportunities for cold and wet weather is many areas of the lower 48 states. If the current trend continues, March 2013 will be more much productive than the awfully dry and warm March of 2012!