Spring a No-Show Palm Sunday

The equinox is in our rear-wiew mirror now, but the weather is not cooperating. Tony blogs of a not so springy Palm Sunday weekend.


Palm Sunday Weekend Weather
With the first weekend of spring upon us, remarkably there are only a few subtle hints of the change in season. Unfortunately, the weather is not one of those signs.
Keith reminds me that WVU is hosting its first ever Big 12 baseball home series at Appy Power Park in Charleston. Fair enough, baseball is a sign of spring. But who wants to play ball with temperatures in the 30s? That brand of late season chill is hanging on Friday night as WVU hostsTexas Tech. Now the Red Raiders are used to wind in West Texas but not this type of chill!
For Saturday’s daytime double dip (officials have moved Sunday’s matinee game up to avoid the predicted Sunday mess), temperatures in the 40s with some sun will be the best weather we see for the better part of the next week.
Of course the sun is up until 7:40 in the evening, another sure sign of spring, right?
Meanwhile our spring trees and shrubs are running a few weeks behind schedule. Only the forsythia and a few pink ornamentals are showing any sign of life. Normally in late March, the Bradford Pears are coming on like gangbusters and the Redbud and Crab Apples are emerging from their winter slumber. Instead after a Friday morning low in the teens, the trees are still dormant and the landscape mainly drab.
Indeed this is an unusual year with winter cold and occasional snow showers seeing us well into the spring season. A call to Snowshoe today unveiled that  6 fresh inches of snow has fallen this week. That means excellent late season skiing is assured at your favorite resort. In fact, I expect a new healthy snowfall (6” or more) in the mountains Sunday-Monday-Tuesday.
As for this Palm Sunday weekend locally, after a frosty start on Saturday morning, enough warming sun will coax the temperature to near 50 by late afternoon. Before you jump up and down with glee you should remember at this time of the year the normal high is 60ish!
On Palm Sunday a winter storm loaded with a messy arsenal of rain, sleet and snow will be approaching our region via the Rockies and Mississippi Valley. So morning church goers will find a cold rain to be arriving by brunch. That rain may well start as sleet or even icy rain.
Travelers heading north should beware that a snowfall will cover I-70,I-71 from Indianapolis to Dayton to Columbus-Pittsburgh-Wheeling. Same goes for that dreaded trip on I-68 through Preston County WV and Garrett County Md. Again aggregate snow accumulations can be as much as 10” from Indy to Dayton and east of Morgantown to Frostburg.
Our chances for snow locally will hinge on colder air arriving late Sunday night and Monday when a grassy accumulation of snow in squalls may well make another un-welcomed visit.
By the way, summer arrives on June 21. So take heart, warmer days are surely ahead!
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