The Old Dominion has fared much better with precipitation than the last time there were three La Niña winters in a row.
March cold snap ends with three hard-freeze mornings in Southwest and Southside Virginia. Spring is upon us, but that may still be a roller coaster.
Shifts in upper-air flow likely won’t allow coastal storm to form, and cold March atmospheric pattern begins to break down late next week.
Delayed winter chill takes a break for a couple of days before returning late in the weekend for Southwest and Southside Virginia – with, perhaps, an ominous coastal storm to watch next week.
Snow amounts were minor and mostly on grass and trees, but more locations in Southwest and Southside Virginia saw snow fall on March 12 than any date previously this winter.
Moisture running into cold air banked against the mountains may be just enough to add some white to the mosaic of blooming colors and break through record snowlessness in some locations.
Nothing close to the “Superstorm” of 30 years ago is on the horizon, but some colder temperatures are back after a warm late February.
As the warmest February on record concludes in Southwest and Southside Virginia, far-flung signals point to a late-arriving wintry period toward the middle of March.
It was as hot as 83 in Mecklenburg County even though 80s were not quite as widespread as originally expected in a February warmth surge that still rearranged record books in Southwest and Southside Virginia.
Record high temperatures topping 80 for many in Southwest and Southside Virginia will stir spring fever, but chilly weekend rain renews the reality that even an underachieving winter isn’t finished yet.