Spring snow storm hits SundayMarch 23rd, 2013 at 6:56 pm by Tara Hastings under Weather
Just because the calendar says it’s spring doesn’t mean we can’t see one last major snow storm before we say goodbye to winter.
The storm is already taking shape in the central plains producing some heavy snow in Oklahoma, Kansas and Colorado. The snow band will begin to spread east and cut a path through central Illinois, Indiana and eventually here in the Miami Valley.
The National Weather Service has upgraded our Winter Storm Watch to a Winter Storm Warning. This goes into effect Sunday at 8 a.m. and continues until Monday at 2 p.m.
Saturday night will be quiet with clouds beginning to increase ahead of the storm. By early Sunday morning we’ll see overcast skies and the snow will begin after 10 a.m. It will at first be on the light side – nothing too heavy. We may even mix in with a little rain or sleet south of Dayton to start. If you have early morning church services those should be ok but later in the evening is when things will begin to deteriorate.
This snow will be on the light side until after 6 p.m. The heaviest burst of snow will begin and continue through the early morning hours Monday. This will be a wet, heavy snow and will quickly accumulate on the road ways. Travel will become more difficult late Sunday and for the Monday morning commute.
Finally by Monday afternoon the snow begins to taper and we’ll see the bulk of the accumulating snow come to an end. There will still be the chance of a few flurries Monday afternoon and Tuesday as well.
Total snowfall accumulations will range between 8-10″ in most spots with some areas picking up 6-8″. Now there may be a few isolated areas picking up 11 inches but those are a little difficult to narrow down. Just realize this will be a heavy wet snow – similar to the storm we saw right after Christmas in 2012.
This latest winter wallop will probably make it into the top ten March snowfalls here in Dayton. I found a list of the top ten – take a look. Do you remember any of them?
Be safe and as always we will keep you updated here at Storm Team 2. We already have a plan in place. Meteorologist Jamie Jarosik will be here Sunday morning during the Today Show to offer live weather updates during the local news cutin’s. Brian Davis is on standby Sunday night to help me with coverage in the studio. We’ll have teams out live in the elements letting you know what conditions look like.