Despite Old Man Winter’s fashionably late arrival, he made a no-holds-barred entrance. And AccuWeather forecasters are warning in the company’s annual spring forecast, released this week, that the winter hits may keep on coming even well into spring for some regions.
It could be a long ride of wintry weather as the official start of spring is still about four weeks away. Astronomical spring officially begins at the equinox, which will occur at 5:37 AM EST on March 20, 2021, and nearly three weeks after the start of meteorological spring, which, year in and year out, starts on the first day of March.
Similar to the winter months, the overall weather pattern across North America will be influenced by a phenomenon known as La Niña. This is a phase during which the water near the equator of the Pacific Ocean is cooler than normal, which, in turn, affects the atmosphere. The effects in the U.S. from La Niña “could create a volatile situation” with an active severe weather season anticipated and more snow chances predicted across the northern tier.
“I agree with the AccuWeather experts,” Extreme Meteorologist Reed Timmer said during an AccuWeather Network special for Groundhog Day. “It’s going to be a late start to the severe weather season, but it’s going to be incredibly active. I think we’re going to be storm chasing a lot in April and May.”
Above statements were excerpted from www.accuweather.com.