Despite Mild Winter, Spring Snow Still a Possibility

By: Suzanne Wilson Email
By: Suzanne Wilson Email

February 29, 2012

March 1 is the meteorological start of spring. So as February gives way to March and we inch closer to spring, are we done with winter weather in Charlottesville?

As winter begins to transition into spring, March temperatures rise from an average of 52 degrees to 58 by the end of the month. However, we have been seeing those temperatures throughout February, as this has been the fifth warmest winter in the history of Charlottesville observations.

The average temperature this winter has been 42 degrees, and the area has seen 24 days above the 60-degree mark since December 1. You may think winter is long gone, but we can't rule out the possibility of seeing a few flurries during March.

In fact, several of Charlottesville's most historic snow storms have occurred in March: 21 inches on March 6, 1962; 12 inches on March 13, 1993; 4 inches on March 9, 1999. As evidenced in the picture above, there was even some recorded snowfall in March of last year.

Although the odds are slim, there is still a chance we'll see more snow before spring officially comes around.

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