Weather Talk: False spring more likely with light snow cover
This winter's light snow could be setting us up for a false spring.
Typically, our deepest snow cover of the winter happens in February and March. As daylight lengthens in the late winter and early spring, our warmup is usually delayed by all that snow, which has to melt before truly mild weather can happen.
But when there is little or no snow cover, the black topsoil in our region is ready to warm up as soon as the spring south winds start blowing across the Great Plains.
However, the wind can easily change direction. Arctic air and much deeper snow cover lie across southern Canada. If our snow cover remains scant, it will be easy for unusually warm weather to develop very early in spring. Likewise, there will be nothing to stop a spring snowstorm or even a severe spring cold snap.