March 1, 2010 - The End Of Meteorological Winter

By: Mallory Brooke
By: Mallory Brooke

February 28, 2010 marked the last day of meteorological winter which runs from the first of December to the last day of February. These three months are typical the coldest months of the year, but may not be the snowiest. March can bring lots of different weather! Read all about it inside today's blog.

The most historic storm on record occurred in March - that would be the Superstorm of 1993, which many here in the Valley remember vividly. It ranks up there with the '96 Blizzard and the storms of the 1960's, and yes, even those of 2009 and 2010. Just because we're out of meteorological winter and approaching the official start of spring, doesn't mean we have seen the last of the white stuff.

Take Monday for example - beautifully sunny skies, a few clouds floating around and temperatures on target for this time of year. By Tuesday afternoon, we're tracking another snowstorm. March is one of those volatile months as the atmosphere begins its' transition from winter to spring. The added warmth at the surface can lead to very unstable conditions - hence why the largest severe weather outbreaks occur in the transitional months of April through June.

Our approaching storm system may still affect us with snow Tuesday evening. However, with temperatures expected to reach the 40's both Tuesday and Wednesday, any accumulated snow will not last very long. This will be a snow event for the mountains of the Carolinas and the eastern portions of Delaware and New Jersey.

If missing another storm wasn't good enough news, I have more! A warm up is in the forecast. The weekend looks to be flirting with 50 degrees and we'll definitely see seasonal, if not above average temperatures moving into next week. But reader beware - there are indications of another cool down before the season is up. Soak up the sun now!

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