Hopefully you enjoyed the mild February because winter and spring have gotten all confused across Ohio and much of the nation. Temperatures have been well below average in many spots excluding the Gulf Coast, Texas and the central Plains. Chilly weather looks to continue as “spring” marches on.
Easter will be relatively frigid with temperatures around 15 degrees below normal. Upper 30s will likely be the highs for northern Ohio. Low to mid 40s is all we can muster across the southern part of the state. The day should be dry, but egg hunts outside will require coats. It will feel much like Christmas morning with morning temperatures starting below freezing.
An active weather pattern will usher in a system across southern Ohio by early Monday morning. This will bring some accumulating snow from Columbus and points south. A couple of inches are looking likely on grassy and elevated surfaces with minor snow adding up on any roads and driveways. All of the snow should move out by sunrise on Monday, so the commute should not be bad.
One wave of mild air moves in by Tuesday allowing for near average temps, but a cold front will be very eager to move in. Once we chill down it will be a little while until we see average spring weather again. The weather pattern looks to really behave like the end of winter with a few snow chances and just really nippy temperatures.
Any Warmth In Sight?
We have been spoiled by a couple warm winters and now this winter is just dragging on past its welcome. Many of us that enjoy snow and winter weather are even dreaming of sunshine and 60s. Unfortunately the chill is generally here to stay for the foreseeable future, especially through the middle of April.Temperatures will likely average a few to several degrees below average. The image below shows temperatures compared to average through mid month. Notice all the cool blue, green, and purple colors.
Looking at the long range pattern there should likely be at least some milder days by late month, but the ocean and atmospheric circulations won’t drastically change. This should keep blocking high pressure near the Gulf of Alaska and Greenland keeping cool air spreading into much of the northern and eastern US.
The hope for mild weather should be answered in May. Long range forecast guidance is suggesting some above average temperatures at that time. But for now we will just have to wait and see when Old Man Winter gives up his last icy grasp.