Slow warming on the way but no pattern break yet

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MARCH OPENS COLDEST IN 36 YEARS

Single digit low temperatures and afternoons of 15 to 25 degrees below normal have brought the average temperature for the first 4 days of March to 21.8° – coldest opening 4 days of this month in 36 years and ranks 10th coldest all time.  Low temperatures will dip again to around 10° most locations, but even colder away from the city for a short time before clouds arrive later in the night.

Tuesday morning low temperatures were the coldest for a March in 12 years!  Some area low temperatures included 1° Mt Comfort, 3° Columbus, 4° Zionsville and Muncie, 6° Shelbyville, 7° city and Kokomo. Tuesday was the 10 straight day of at or below normal temps.

Low_temps

Tuesday AM low temperatures

RECORD SNOW COVER FOR THE DATE

Warming in the days ahead.  Snow cover to slow the warming initially – with 53.9% of the nation snow-covered – most ever for a March 4th in the 10 years of data keeping.

March 4th Snow Cover

U.S SNow cover March 4th 2014

MARCH – FASTEST WARMING MONTH

We gain 1 hour and 18 minutes of daylight this month – so it is only a matter of time that warmer days arrive with some regularity. We could crack 50° by end of work week and possibly upper 50s Saturday.

Sunshine Stats

MARCH: average high temperatures jump as sun angle climbs

FEW WARM DAYS BUT MORE COLD ONES

No pattern break upcoming but some spurts of warmth would be welcome by many – we get a 50° Friday and Monday but dominate winter pattern not easing just yet.  Per overnight run of European computer model next week a lobe of very cold air could be headed south and a southern low might make things a little interesting.  Looks like we will have plenty more winter coming our way rest of the month.  Stay tuned.

Jet Stream

More cold and possible snow later next week
8-14 Day outlook 3-4-2014

8-14 day temperature outlook