March Lion to Roar Some More
Just one week removed from the semi-crippling snow/ice storm of March 2-3 and one thing is for sure; namely, the break in the weather we are experiencing during H & G weekend is indeed just a pause.
Saturday's 60 degree warmth was the 5th time this year alone that the weather had thawed sufficiently to remind us that spring is right around the corner.
Trouble is the track record of the weather this winter has been these flirtations with warmth have been short lived and followed by even snowier and harsher weather every time.
At the Big Sandy on Saturday evening, folks stopped by the WSAZ booth and in near 100% unanimity expressed their displeasure that winter had worn out its welcome.
I first met Chris Ratcliff from Paintsville at Apple Days last October. "Even the grand kids are tired of the snow this year", Chris told me on Saturday. Tywanna Patterson, Patrick's proud Toronto Raptor basketball mom, added, "we have two homes in Lexington and here in Huntington, and traveling back and forth is a real challenge in the snow and ice".
At the H & G, one by one our WSAZ viewers asked Green Thumb, John Marra, their gardening and home landscape questions then stopped by to chat with Brandon, Josh, Kelly or me. Most were anxious to get their hands dirty and for the meteorologists to proclaim winter is over.
But the sad reality is a series of late season arctic fronts and southern storms will be passing our region in the next 2 weeks armed with cold blusters and likely several more snowfalls.
The first snow risk will arrive Wednesday as a rainfall before colder air changes the rain to snow. "Schools may be delayed even closed in spots on Thursday morning", Josh Fitzpatrick mentioned to me as I passed through our studio Saturday night on my way back from the H & G Show.
Now this Sunday morning, I am looking at the much respected European weather model and I sense between now and St. Patty's Day, we have 3 even 4 chances for snow to coat the ground if not out and out accumulate.
I will leave the details of this week's forecast to Josh for his Sunday night shows. Suffice it to say, all gardeners hoping to get those potatoes in by March 17 (it's considered lucky for the year's harvest if potatoes are planted on St. Patty's Day) will be hard pressed to get the ground dry enough for planting before April 1st. And it's no April Fool joke that a big late season snow or even two may be in the pipeline as the end game of the Great Winter of 2014 plays out!
BTW, I will be at the Big Sandy this afternoon from 3 until 5 to jaw more about what has passed and what is coming for the rest of winter and early spring!