Active Pattern Ending?

blogWe’re leaving the end of the meteorological winter AND it looks like most of the snow is behind us.
As you can probably guess, February has been the snowiest month of the season, bringing us a total of 20.9 inches! If you’re ready for a break from the snow, you’ll be happy to hear that the models aren’t showing any precipitation for quite awhile.
The trend is looking drier and warmer as we head into March. Two of our more reliable models, the ECMWF and the GFS, aren’t giving us much precip all the way through March 10th! Sorry snow-lovers, but enjoy the snow that’s on the ground now. Even after this 10 day dry spell coming up, the warmer tempertures pushing through are looking to make the next moisture coming to Northern Illinois be more of a rain event than a snow event.
While all the models are agreeing on the lack of moisture and warmer temps, they are also showing the “Montana Clipper” diving south of us, keeping the precip out of our area Monday and Tuesday.
So what does this mean? Look forward to dry, relatively warmer weather while the first signs of spring are peaking through!

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This post was written by Morgan Kolkmeyer on February 28, 2013

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