Southern Snow This Week

Towns like Atlanta, Charlotte and Richmond are in for more snow than we are this week. Tony blogs where the March Lion will roar the loudest.

In Like a “Caged” Lion

Of all the months of the year, there is none more notorious than March. From blinding snows (1993) to severe flooding (1997), monster storms are known to frequent the 3rd month of the year here in Appalachia.

When it comes to a nickname for March, the saying lion and lamb-like comes to mind. From the roar of a cold wind (lion-like) to the gentle touch of a warm day (lamb-like), we will indeed run the gamut of weather conditions this month.

This week, the emphasis is for plenty of cold (highs in the 30s thru Thursday) with snow mainly to our south. Still, odds favor a fresh light coat of snow Tuesday night into Wednesday morning for our area.

What spurs big storms in March (ala the Blizzard of ’93) is the large temperature contrast across the continent. Take today when the temperature started below zero on the Hudson Bay (near Mosinee -15F) while this afternoon, early spring breakers are frolicking on the beaches of South Padre Island Texas with highs near 85.

On days when that temperature difference from Central Ontario to the Gulf reaches 100 degrees, my rule of thumb from my days at Penn State is that a big southern storm will be brewing.

Bingo! On this Monday evening I am here to report a snowstorm is about to sweep across the Northern half of the Old Confederacy with snow accumulations ranging 1 to 6 inches across north Georgia, western South and North Carolina (Asheville, Boone, Clemson, Spartanburg Charlotte and Greensboro included) and as much as a foot in the second capital of the Confederacy, Richmond Virginia.

We will be on the far northern fringe of this latest southern storm this go round. But a word of caution in this the most unpredictable month, the Lion will not remain caged for long!
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