Snow only covers 22% of the country. Courtesy: NOAA
Current soil temperatures. White line is freezing line. Courtesy: NOAA
Friday's projected high temperatures. Courtesy: NOAA
Snow in March? No big deal.
We’re almost halfway through March and fewer than 10 days from spring, and there’s another chance for snow from Illinois to Maine.
Earlier in the week, parts of Idaho, Montana and Wyoming were seeing snow. Some areas in the mountains were still getting feet of snow. But that doesn’t matter, because it’s March.
March is a month when temperatures warm up quickly. Average highs get warmer by a degree about every three days thanks to the ever-increasing higher sun angle. That’s why you see a lot of snow melting during the month of March.
For example, on March 3, 57.3 percent of the country was covered by snow. Now, just a little over a week later, only 22 percent of the country is covered with those frozen flakes. If it does get cold enough for some snow, warmer temperatures won’t allow it to stick around for long, if it even sticks at all.
Soil temperatures across the United States have been slowly warming up as well. As of the publication time of this article, the freezing line is close to the United States-Canadian border. The only exceptions are Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. For most of the country, when snow falls, it’s going to take one of two things to see an accumulation of snow -- the snow will either have to fall very fast, accumulating faster than it can melt, or fall for a prolonged period of time, so the ground refreezes.
Even if the snow manages to accumulate, this recent round of snow won’t be around for long. Most of the snow is falling over the course of Wednesday and Thursday.
By Friday, temperatures for most of the country are well above the freezing mark, which means any snow on the ground will be melting soon.
Even though some are sick of the snow this time of year, we’re still going to see some snowflakes flying from time to time. Just take solace in the fact they won’t be here much longer. Then, everyone will soon be sick of the heat and the bugs instead.
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