It seems like it’ll never end -- the seemingly endless wave of snow, ice and bitter cold that has pummeled the region this winter.
So far it’s the third snowiest winter in the Philadelphia area on record, behind 1995-96 and 2009-10.
During our snowiest winter four years ago, March had no snow and was a very warm month. But will that happen again this year? Probably not, unfortunately.
We’ve been stuck in a winter pattern that’s been causing the brutal weather. NBC10 First Alert Weather chief meteorologist Glenn “Hurricane” Schwartz says it’s a mixture of low pressure from the Pacific, high pressure out west and the Polar Vortex in the north and Midwest.
“The cold air comes down from Canada and the moisture comes in from the Pacific,” Hurricane said. “I don’t see any reason to change this pattern for at least another couple of weeks.”
Here’s what we should expect for the month of March.
Glenn expects two winter storms in week 1 of March, one from Sunday through Monday and the other during the middle of the week. Average temperatures should be 8 degrees below normal.
During week 2 we should see one winter storm, with temperatures six degrees below normal.
During week 3 we should see rain, with temperatures two degrees below normal.
Finally, the big relief will come during week 4 of March with dry conditions and temperatures 5 degrees above normal.
Spring officially begins on March 20 at 12:57 p.m.
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