Time’s running thin, but…

This blog has turned into a forum for snow-fans this winter.  I really enjoy sharing info with everyone and reading all of your comments. 

We all realize that we are now on the down-side of winter, with the February sun angle increasing a little every day, thus making it a little more difficult for moderately cold air to produce snow versus rain.  In other words, what would typically be a snowstorm in January with borderline temperatures, would be just rain this late in the season.

I say all this because the pattern change expected to begin on President’s Day weekend will produce only marginal conditions for snow,  even by January standards.  So, you know the rest of the story…

In any event, even though prospects look a little dim into next week, there is still hope for the week after.  Climatological studies of peak times for snowstorms around here point to the last week or so of February as prime time, so all is not lost.  Plus, I’ll never forget the “superstorm” of March 1993; a massive winter storm that came on the heels of spring-like warmth just prior.

Posted by Jim Duncan


13 Responses to Time’s running thin, but…

  1. jeff says:

    Probably potential for as cold rain.

  2. CAC says:

    Potential Snow next week?!?!?

  3. Kristin says:

    I’ve given up hope on any snow around here this winter. And I have to admit after the numerous trips to the doctor b/c of so many illnesses, I’m ready for winter to end anyway. My kids are healthier once it gets warm and stays that way, so I say let’s get onto Spring and Summer.

  4. harrison says:

    come on guys, lets hope for snow while there is still some time left 🙂

  5. DAC71 says:

    I always thought Spring started on March 21st.

  6. Ryan says:

    Jim…ive noticed the GFS models are taking Saturdays storm through North Carolina and suggesting between a quarter and half inch of precip in the area. Ive also noticed the trend over the past 24 hours has been colder temps on Saturday. Any chance of this being a snow event???

  7. Jim VB says:

    Spring comes on March 5, so it is less than 4 weeks away. The Superstorm of 1993 was an enormous storm with lots of snow in places, but in Richmond it only produced 3 inches, because it turned to rain most of the day. It did produce a barometric reading of 28.47 inches, the lowest I have ever seen on my barometer. There was a much bigger storm on 1980 March 1, with about 13 inches together with a high of only 14 degrees – the lowest high I have ever seen in Richmond.

  8. DAC71 says:

    I agree with Jeff on this one, and everyone else that’s said we’re definitely ready for Spring! I can’t believe it’s only about 6 weeks away! I can’t wait for the 70s and 80s to come back on a regular basis. This winter has been a bust, but that’s fine. It’s not like we’re not used to it here in the good old RIC! 😉

    thanks for everything you’ve done Jim, and to the rest of the weather team at NBC 12. These blogs have been interesting. Now let’s get some of those great severe thunderstorms underway! Nothing like a good thunderstorm!

  9. Jeff says:

    Wednesday could have some thunderstorms and that will definitely make it seem like spring. I agree with Sarah. I love snow but if it’s not going to snow then let’s get to the 70s+ temps and longer days.

  10. Sarah says:

    I’m over the snow chances, now that we’ve had such great weather the last few days I’m in full fledge SPRING MODE!

  11. Bubs Rice says:

    Thinks need to be watched very closely next week…beginning this weekend into the next week it gets colder and very stormy….lets get one good snow then turn to spring

  12. Ryan says:

    Thank you for all your updates over the winter season, it has been fun trying to anticipate these snow events (when they occurred)!

  13. Liz says:

    Thanks Jim!!!

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