Spring Arrives Early in the Carolinas

It has been a torturous winter for snow lovers up and down the East Coast. Very low snow totals, and even record low snow totals in spots have some asking, did winter even arrive? This was an unusually mild winter, and has shades of the winter of 2012 when only a trace of snow fell in Charlotte.

But now it looks like the trend may continue into early spring. NOAA has released their Spring Outlook, and it is for above normal temperatures across the Southeast. See our separate article that discusses this.

As we head into mid-March, trends are for above-normal temperatures, which will keep many of us snow-free. The upside to this will be some nice and sunny warm days, where we can get outside and enjoy the outdoors or even drive with the sunroof open.

Gardens and lawns will continue to grow, but we have to be careful of any late-season frosts. Of course, the pattern for the past few years has been some late frost and even flakes. April is notorious for this.

But for now, it looks like we warm up, and any hopes of snow will be dashed. Our next concern will focus on severe weather season, including damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes.

-CWA

 

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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!