Snow Threat Settles – Warming in the West
Monday, March 11th, 2013
Mother Nature seems to be a little confused right now… We’re getting reports of flowers/plants growing/budding across the far north where it is still snowing! Thanks to Tom Purdy for the picture below out of Janesville, WI… Note the daffodil chutes with big snow piles in the background.
Thanks to my good friend Jon Ellis for this picture out of Superior, WI where little plant chutes are trying to poke out of the ground as well!
The Snow Threat Finally Settles
After several days of snow across the central part of the country, our snow threat is beginning to settle a bit today. This storm was responsible for several inches of snow from the Southwest to the Great Lakes over the past several days.
Here are some of the highest snowfall tallies that I could find (reported earlier today)
Snowy Scene in Iowa
Thanks to @tiara21nicole for the picture below out of Eagle Grove, IA… The moisture-laden nature to the snow helped with the stickiness of the snow, so most things were coated with white earlier Monday!
Much Needed Moisture…
We’ve been making up for lost time this February and March. Places that had a lackluster first half of the winter season have been seeing decent uptick in the wintry weather in February and March.
Seasonal Snowfall Surpluses?
Thanks to some heavy February and March snowfalls, several locations are now reporting snowfall surpluses! Something that was uncommon prior to just a few weeks ago.
Near Normal Snowfall in Chicago
February and March have been quite snowy for folks in Chicago. So far this month, we’ve seen nearly 10″ for a grand total of nearly 30″ for the season!
February and March have also been quite snowy for folks in Milwaukee, WI. So far this month we’ve seen nearly 4″ for a grand total of nearly 42″ for the season!
Snow Water Equivalent
Nearly 35% of the country has snow cover on this March 11th and there is quite a bit of water locked up in that snow across the far north. This is always a concern as we get closer and closer to flood season. The threat for a rapid snow melt and heavy rain could bring flooding concerns to a premium.
7 Day Precipitation
The weekend storm system not only brought heavy snow to parts of the central part of the country, but it also brought heavy rainfall. Some spots across southeast Iowa picked up over 3″ of liquid, that plus melting snow had caused some flooding concerns.
The latest river gauge info from NOAA suggests that there are several river gauges that are seeing some flooding.
The NWS Significant Flood Outlook suggests that flooding is likely March 10th-15th in the areas shaded in orange below.
Storm Next Week?
The ECMWF (European model) suggests that next week could be a little more interesting. It’s a ways out, but something to watch!
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