Some Snow reports from recent bout of winter weather
Additional Reports: Warrensburg had just under 5″ of snow while Sedalia picked up 5.5″ of snow. Boonville, MO had 6″ of snow and in Blue Springs to Lee’s Summit, around 3″ of snowfall was reported…. in Kansas, Overland Park received close to 3″ of snow.
February 2015 finished a whopping -8.3 degrees colder than normal with an average daily temperature (average of the daily high and low) of 25.2 degrees. But for some perspective, this wasn’t even in the top 3 of coldest February’s for Kansas City!! The coldest was back in 1899 when the average temperature for the month was 19.4 degrees. Second coldest was February 1978 at 19.5 degrees. Still, it felt like one of the coldest February’s in Kansas City!!
And the month finished with a 1 to 3 inch snow for the metro while areas just south and east saw 4 to almost 7 inches of snow.
The first full week of March will have a similar look to February with another shot of arctic cold hitting the area in the middle of the week. However, this may be the last push of arctic cold for at least 10 to 14 days as a more moderating pattern sets in.
Normal high temperatures this month climb from the lower to mid 50s by the middle of March and the long range pattern into the second week of March should bring warmer than normal temperatures into the area. It’s entirely possible a stretch in the upper 50s to upper 60s will guide us through the second full week of March.
Here are a couple of images showing the pattern ahead including a side by side comparison of this week to two weeks from now.
GFS week to week comparison looking ahead. More cold this week followed by a milder pattern into the middle of March
European 7 to 10 day mean pattern configuration showing moderating pattern too
CPC’s 8 to 14 day temperature outlook suggests well above normal temperatures ahead
You’ve almost made it. Spring officially begins March 20th with the vernal equinox. It’s not to say a few more strong cold fronts will not pay us a visit late March into April as often we will see a few more strong bouts of cold air but the worst of the cold is likely just about behind us.