As the first day of spring approaches, residents from the Great Lakes to New England shores can look forward to another cold winter meal during the first few days of March.
AccuWeather meteorologist Matt Benz said, “A snowstorm is forecast to sweep across the northern United States early in the week, each time with a severe snowstorm on the way to the storm.”
The week began with snow and heavy rain in the Northeast through Sunday evening before the first clipper of the week arrived in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan Monday through Monday night.
The same clipper is expected to move northeast by Tuesday evening.
“Limited humidity should reduce snow accumulation with each machine track,” Benz explained.
As the snow moves across the northern part of the country, a normal snowfall of 2-3 inches is expected. This is enough to create slippery conditions on the roads and reduce visibility for drivers, but it is unlikely to cause long-term problems.
The next two peaks are expected to bring light snow from northeastern Dakota and Minnesota into the inland Northeast Tuesday through Wednesday and Wednesday through Thursday, with some heavy snowfall for a few hours each time.
As each clipper approaches and releases, it is expected to affect the temperature of these areas.
Much of the upper Midwest spent the last week of February in a deep freeze. High temperatures were below freezing in Grand Forks, North Dakota, while Minneapolis was in the teens for most of the week. Cities like Green Bay and Madison, Wis., also fell below normal, with temperatures only as high as 20 F. Overnight temperatures were near or below freezing for most people. Last week, International Falls in Minnesota dropped to -40F twice. International Falls also set record four-day lows in February alone. Additionally, as of February 25, the temperature averaged 12 degrees Fahrenheit for the month.
In the future, clippers will really improve the temperature in this area.
“The continued decline is expected to keep temperatures more stable and near average in the upper Midwest, while places in the South will remain warm through mid-spring,” Benz explained.
In the northeast, a slight temperature fluctuation is expected until the middle of the week. The warmest winds are expected in some areas of the Atlantic Ocean. Cities like Philadelphia and Washington are expected to be south of the blizzard, with temperatures in the 50s on Tuesday and Wednesday. Further north, communities like Buffalo, New York and Boston will continue to experience a rollercoaster of high temperatures in the 20s and 40s.
The weather is expected to change over the weekend, ending the Great Lakes and Clippers parade in the Northeast.