Rain lingers over parts of California from big, slow-moving storm systems to the rain and hail from the Pacific, a reminder that winter hasn’t just yet returned to the Northern Hemisphere. But it’s also a reminder that winter isn’t all that far off. It’s hard to tell who will win in a race between February and April, but we’re going for the long road and the long view.
As is the case with a lot of seasons, it’s not that late in January yet. Even in Florida, which was expecting a late February storm, rain is still falling. It falls in the middle of winter, not the late winter or early spring. And it’s a lot warmer. The highs are in the 70s and the lows dip into the 60s, with occasional snow showers.
Even in the mid-Atlantic, New Jersey has a chance of snow this week and there’s a good shot of snow along the New York City region in the next month.
The weather system won’t reach California for another week after Thursday’s storm.
Wednesday’s storm is far enough south that we’re getting the last significant weather burst of February.
We’re seeing a lot of snow in the central and eastern U.S.
The forecast has the latest storm turning south and bringing snow to the Northeast.
Snow showers are possible later on, with high temperatures in the 60s.
But for now, it looks like we’re in for a long period of below-freezing weather, with highs in the single digits.
It could end in just a couple of weeks.
The rest of April is a long way away, but we won’t know exactly how late it is until the weather service sends out the actual records for a lot of cities on record-keeping day.
A new record is set every day by the National Weather Service. So we can assume the cold is going to continue at least through May and into the summer.
A great way to think about it is in terms of long-range weather. It’s the kind of thing that’s always on the horizon.
And yet there aren’t many days in the entire year when a National Weather Service forecaster has the opportunity to make a forecast and get it right.
The good news, though, is that we’ve been right