We've been quite chilly so far in March with temperatures averaging about 6 degrees below normal. The chill will last through the end of this week although some warming will take place over the weekend. Another cold front early next week will be followed by chilly air.
The weather pattern has been quite interesting over the past few months. Our temperatures averaged well above normal during January and February but returned to normal or slightly below for February. Colder air that was locked up over Alaska and western Canada for much of the winter finally made a move to the southeast during February. The same pattern that brought the chill to our area will remain in place for the next two to three weeks, based on the long-range indicators. Some folks may still be wishing for snow. We've had a few more opportunities this year than last but still we haven't seen a big storm. After March 1 it gets more difficult to snow but that doesn't mean it can't. I remember that five months after I started work at WITN we had a slushy wet snow that produced 7 inches right here. It was March 24 and 25, 1983, when that storm occurred. It may not happen this year but you can't rule it out until you get deeper into spring.