In Like a Yak?
"If March comes in like a lamb it will go out as a lion?" How predictably pedestrian.
Sadly, lions are endangered and lambs have hired lawyers. I was raised (by wolves) to believe that, when March comes in like a yak, it will go out like an emu. Or is it tortoise and aardvark? I'm just not good with animals.
I apologize for any confusion.
Welcome to March, a baffling month of slush, puddles and a wild freeze-thaw cycle, where the only thing guaranteed is crater-size potholes. By the end of this month the average high is close to 50F, but temperatures can range from subzero to 80s.
With an average of 10.3 inches, March, once the snowiest month of the year, is now second only to January.
A few inches of snow may fall on Tuesday, maybe 6 inches for southeast Minnesota. A rapidly thawing atmosphere will push the storm track north in the coming weeks, increasing the potential for moisture here. But by the latter half of next week temperatures aloft should be warm enough for rain. I see persistent 30s and 40s by the second week of March. It still looks like the wicked winds of winter, a winter that hasn't been that bad, will subside within 2 weeks.
Very yak-like, don't you think?
* Major icing event possible Sunday afternoon, evening and early nighttime hours as rain falls on ground temperatures colder than 32F. I-95 may be wet and slushy, but many state and local roads from Baltimore to Philadelphia to New York City will become icy during the late afternoon and evening hours.
* Potential for major travel disruptions on land, and from BWI to PHL, JFK, EWR and LGA.
* Power outages possible as ice accumulates on power lines and transformers. Risk appears to be greatest in the Delaware Valley.
Paul Douglas - Senior Meteorologist - Alerts Broadcaster
File Photo credit above: "Graham Jamison, right, and Austin Anschultz walk through blowing snow on Beacon Hill in Boston, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2015. A blizzard warning was in effect for coastal communities from Rhode Island to Maine, promising heavy snow and powerful winds to heap more misery on a region that has already seen more than 6 feet of snow in some areas." (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer).
TODAY: Mix of clouds and sun, not bad. Winds: W 15. High: 27
SUNDAY NIGHT: Partly cloudy and chilly. Low; 10
MONDAY: Partly sunny, no travel problems. High: near 30
TUESDAY: Few inches of snow? More south. Wake-up: 22. High: 28
WEDNESDAY: Sunny and bitter. Feels like -20F. Wake-up: -1. High: 8
THURSDAY: Cold start, breezy with fading sun. Wake-up: -6. High: 19
FRIDAY: Some sun, above average. Wake-up: 17. High: 35
SATURDAY: Blue sky, feeling better out there. Wake-up: 19. High: 37
* Thanks to Media Logic meteorologist Todd Nelson, who snapped the photo above near Two Harbors on Saturday.
* An abstract of the new research is available at Science Magazine.
* Reuters has more on the latest research here.
Photo credit: Vladimir Pushkarev/Russian Centre of Arctic Exploration/Reuters.