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Weather Talk: Winter snow could linger well into spring this year

Even though our snow has not been very deep this winter, it is showing lots of staying power.

At least an inch of snow has covered the ground every day since Dec. 15 and all but two days since Dec. 5. Due to the lingering effects of the La Nina pattern in the tropical Pacific Ocean, our weather will likely be colder than average more often than not over the next several weeks.

The average high reaches 32 degrees on March 9, 40 degrees on March 23 and 45 degrees on March 31. If the weather remains mainly colder than average, we would not expect a steady melt to begin until after mid-March.

If the snowpack remains relatively light, the snow melt would likely take only a few days. However, a heavy snow in March could create a substantial delay. And these cold, La Nina spring weather patterns are notorious for late season cold snaps.

A delayed April snowmelt is a possibility, not to mention an April snowfall or two.

John Wheeler

John was born in Baton Rouge, LA, and grew up near Birmingham, Alabama. As a teenager, his family moved to Madison, Wisconsin, and later to a small town in northeast Iowa. John traces his early interest in weather to the difference in climate between Alabama and Wisconsin. He is a graduate of Iowa State University with a degree in meteorology. Like any meteorologist, John is intrigued by extremes of weather, especially arctic air outbreaks and winter storms.  John has been known to say he prefers his summers to be hot but in winter, he prefers the cold.  When away from work, John enjoys long-distance running and reading.  John has been a meteorologist at WDAY since May of 1985.

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