Weekend Preview and St. Patty’s Day Too
There is a reason March is known as the “windiest” month of the year; namely, the temperature contrast across our country reaches its peak. Take Thursday when Buffalo and St. Paul started out at +5 degrees while Padre Isle, Texas and Miami Beach hit 80.
That’s why baseball teams have their spring training in Florida and why spring breakers flock to Panama City, Florida and Cancun Mexico in March.
Wednesday’s high winds (54 mph at Yeager airport) were a direct by-product of this large temperature spread! Even last night’s snow showers should be credited to the northerly winds which blew snow streaks into the region.
Snow fell heavily enough to make for slick travel along the Scioto Trail (Rt. 23) in Ohio out of Portsmouth, the Daniel Boone Parkway of Kentucky and in the Billion dollar Coalfields of West Virginia.
After an abnormally cold Thursday, Friday into Saturday will see another spike in spring temperature and wind as highs aim for 55-60 degrees. The winds will pick up enough to renew the risk of brush fires on south facing hills.
Meanwhile, there is growing evidence that still another active southern storm will form on Sunday and pass through our region Sunday night into Monday.
Once again our region will be on the northern fringe of this new storm where with the fence between soaking rains and heavy wet snow slicing across the Ohio Valley.
While it is way to soon to commit to a rain or snow forecast in any one location locally on St. Patty’s Day, the fact is Leprechauns are known to do an Irish jig and sprinkle our region with snow every year around March 17th.
So let’s keep an eye to the calendar (spring begins next Thursday) and one to the southern sky this weekend as the end game of the brutal winter of 2014 continues to play out!