Another Southern Snow Threat

Today, across much of the south we will be having temperatures rise into the 70s, and tomorrow temperatures may touch 80 degrees. Surely, this is the beginning of spring and warmer weather will continue to overtake the Southeast. Now, that previous statement is invalid. Big changes are on the way as we begin April. Temperatures are going to drop back down below average and the pattern will yet again turn favorable for snow to make it down to the Southeast by the Easter holiday.

Before we get to the snow threats, let’s show you how much the temperatures are going to drop next week.

GEFS Mean 5-day 2m Temperature Anomaly from April 1st through April 6th:

The cold air will be surging into the Southeast later this weekend, and with the cold air surge the pattern becomes favorable for snowstorms once again. Currently, we have two threats for snow next week as the cold air will be in place and the unsettled weather pattern makes another comeback.

GFS MSLP and P-Type for 12z SUN April 1st, 2018:

Our first threat for wintry weather comes early on Easter. A strong low is to move from the Great Lakes region and up north through Ontario, Canada. Associated with this low will be a strong cold front, and as the cold front moves through the region it could spark up some light snow showers for the Virginias on your Easter Sunday.

The bigger threat for snow comes just one day later, as some energy wants to dive south into the Carolinas. Also, with those cold temperatures in place snow is a high possibility.

GFS MSLP and P-Type for 12z MON April 2nd, 2018:

This piece of energy will have a greater chance of seeing accumulating snow, especially for the higher elevations in the Appalachians. Still a lot of details to be figured out, but one thing to see from these two threats is that the pattern will be favorable for snow, and the colder air will be moving into the Southeast.

More on the wintry weather as we get closer, and don’t forget to stay here with us as we get you prepared for what nature has to bring!

-Alex B


Author: Michael Griffith

I have had a passion for the weather since a very young age and am a degreed meteorologist. I have a Bachelor of Science from Penn State University and a Master's from Plymouth State University. If you ever see me out and about in the Charlotte, NC area, be sure to say hi!