March Lion Set to Purr, then Roar
This weekend marks the start of meteorological spring (March through April) as the most unpredictable month of March begins its tumultuous 31 day run.
During the next month Mother Nature will throw everything from heavy snow to severe thunderstorms at us. By month’s end we will likely experience the first 80 degree warmth with spring trees blooming.
First up on the March docket, a coating of snow or sleet may make roads slick for Saturday morning before the day turns milder as highs make the 40s if not 50. So a bit of a morning lion-like roar will fade into an afternoon lamb-like sigh as March unfolds.
Any precipitation that falls Saturday afternoon through dusk Sunday will be in liquid form with light rain not snow expected.
The fun/trouble begins on Sunday night when colder air will be siphoning in from the north. The set-up seems primed for an ice storm across parts of Northern WV, Northern Kentucky, Ohio and Pennsylvania with possible high water across our Coalfields and nearby Virginia and the Tennessee hills.
In time from north to south, rain will change to sleet/ice then snow with accretions of ice (freezing rain) and our first snow/sleet accumulation of the month.
Fine tuning the changeover times and places will go along to way to determining which areas get an ice storm and which get away with just some slippery roads/sidewalks.
So expect the first genuine roar of the lion to be heard Monday morning when school officials may be looking at still another day when the school schedule is altered.