Carolina Snow/Ice To Be Followed By 70s.. More Snow & Cold On The Way… Most Ice On Great Lakes Since ’79

Written by on March 7, 2014 in United States of America with 2 Comments

We have seen a fairly significant snow, ice and rain event over the Carolinas and Virginia last night through today. Some mountain locations in the Carolinas have reported 8-10 inches of snow while half an inch of ice has caused havoc at lower elevations causing up to 300,000 households to loose power.

The great news is that conditions warm this weekend with temperatures rebounding into the 60s and 70s from Alabama to southern Virginia.

However, make the most of this weekend warming as MORE snow and cold is on tap for mid to particularly late next week.

Modelling has been pretty consistent with the GFS showing a lower end winter storm solution, the ECMWF showing a more significant impact storm.

Here’s the ECMWF surface/precip chart through late next week which shows a northern and southern branch feature phasing over the interior east.

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

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Here’s the snow chart through 168 hours. Note it dumps a foot of snow over the Northeast.

Source: AccuWeather Pro

Source: AccuWeather Pro

If your thinking winter must be nearly done, think again. The CFSv2 has been very consistent at rebuilding the Alaska ridge and while arctic air reloads over Alaska and Northwest Canada right now, the return of an Alaskan ridge means that cold dives back south into the Plains, Midwest and East and that sure looks to be the case through mid and late March.

Here’s the latest CFSv2 temps through the next 4 weeks.

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Just How Cold Was Winter 2013-14?

Courtesy of Jesse Ferrell/AccuWeather

Courtesy of Jesse Ferrell/AccuWeather

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Great Lakes Ice Now At 92.2%, Greatest Coverage Since 1979

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Here’s a cool animation via Jesse Ferrell. Be sure to follow him on twitter @Accu_Jesse

This March has gotten off to a brutal start from the Plains to Atlantic Ocean

Courtesy of Jesse Ferrell/AccuWeather

Courtesy of Jesse Ferrell/AccuWeather

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  1. Kathleen says:

    TheWestherSpace is backing off initial thinking and now says they are going with split pattern which will go out to sea. Initially they stirred things up by questioning a March 1993 Superstorm occurrence with “Blizzard” prominately displayed in headline.
    There is still quite a heated discussion going on, but with no initiating Gulf cyclonic event, or any other likely pattern in place, do you think there is any possible basis for such a large storm occurring this March?

  2. Kathleen says:

    TheWeatherSpace.com is predicting a “March 1993 Superstorm” for late next week in the Eastern US. They are describing it as a widespread blizzard to build beginning with a Gulf low forming on the Mississippi/ Tennessee border.
    There is quite an argument going on among both weather pros & geeks as to whether this should even be taken seriously.
    Do you have any comments on this as a possibility?

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