WEATHER BEAT: Spring Snow, Chilly Temps Linger into First Half of April

| April 7, 2016 | 0 Comments | Weather

weatherbeatlogoAfter all that beautiful warm, almost summer-like weather in March, it seems like Mother Nature is playing an April Fools joke on us. So long to the 70s and 80s, we’re headed for wind chills in the teens now. How long is this crazy pattern going to last? Let’s get started.

The last thing I thought I’d be discussing in a column during April is the potential for more snow, but that’s exactly what I’m about to do. Depending on the track of this next system, we could see a couple flakes around here. While this is typically nothing to write home about, any precipitation not in liquid form after April 1 is worthy of discussion.

The latest GFS and European models show us having a couple flakes here in Northern Virginia, but most of the action will begin around Philadelphia, encompassing New Jersey, New York City, and up into New England. Temperatures Saturday will be above freezing, but temperatures aloft should be cold enough to produce snow. Regardless of if it snows or not, we will have to deal with more cold and blustery conditions this weekend.

There is light at the end of the tunnel. This time of year, it’s hard to stay cold too long. Most meteorologists agree that a change in pattern is expected after April 15. I’m seeing many days in the 70s after April 15.

Looking ahead to May, I expect temperatures to be pretty close to average; meaning highs in the 70s and 80s will be most prominent for the majority of the month.

Hang in there, spring is on its way!

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