We are closing in on the final hours of the 2013-2014 winter. Spring officially begins with the vernal equinox March 20 (Thursday) at 12:57 P.M. EDT.
While the calendar says spring, for most of the country it looks and feels a lot more like winter.
A winter storm is impacting the Midwest tonight.
Take a look at this snowy view from St. Cloud State University. This was around 5pm Tuesday from the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center webcam.
For the latest on the watches and warnings, click the WeatherNation Interactive map.
Minneapolis Snow Stat
Prior to Tuesday’s snow, Minneapolis had seen nearly 59″ of snow, which was still nearly 30″ below the 3rd snowiest season on record set in 1950-1951. With that being said, Minneapolis was nearly 10″ above normal on the season prior to the snow on Tuesday.
Detroit Snow Stat
According to National Weather Service stats, the near 91″ of snow this season in Detroit is good enough for the second snowiest season on record so far. Interestingly, Detroit only needs about 3″ of snow to get to the snowiest spot on record! Think we can do it?
Other snow milestones for Michigan this year. Detroit and Flint both set records for number of days with snow cover this season. Detroit’s stretch ended at 77 days yesterday. Flint’s stretch is now at 100 days. You can read more details from the National Weather Service office.
And it was a snowy winter for eastern states too.
Here are a few stats for Philadelphia. With the 4.7″ of snow on Monday, Philadelphia has now seen nearly 68″ of snow on the season, which is good enough for 2nd place! We still need about 11″ to get closer to the snowiest season on record.
Not So Spring Like
Tuesday morning was a bit icy across parts of the mid-Atlantic region. Here’s a picture from Salisbury, NC, which tells the tale on this frozen semi-spring weather so far. Thanks to Gigi Hall for the image below… Hope you’re cherry blossoms make it.
Here’s another icy cherry blossom tree from early Tuesday out of Rockwell, NC thanks to @ProdigyNews
March Temperature Anomaly
Would it surprise you to learn that March has been much cooler than average for a large chunk of North America? All the blues and greens indicate cooler than average conditions for the month thus far. However, the western and southwestern part of the state have been warmer than average. Image credit: WeatherBell.com
The 850mb temperature anomaly for this Sunday shows a significantly colder than normal blob of colder air over the northeastern quadrant of the nation. The chilly air will have impacts for much of the eastern two-thirds of the nation for the first weekend of Spring. Image credit:WeatherBell.com
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