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Cold weather starts spring

March 19, 2013|By CALEB CALHOUN | caleb.calhoun@herald-mail.com
  • Daffodils bloom Tuesday in Leitersburg in time for the first day of spring despite a late winter storm that hit the area Monday.
By Colleen McGrath/Staff Photographer

HAGERSTOWN — Today is the first day of spring, but gardening, fishing an other outdoor activities might have to wait because the cold weather isn’t ready to loosen its grip on the area.

Temperatures are not expected to get higher than the low 50s for the rest of March with another cold front possibly moving in this week, said Steve Goldstein, meteorologist for the National Weather Service based in Sterling, Va.

“It’s looking like for the next 10 days we’re going to have lower than normal temperatures in the mid-Atlantic,” he said Tuesday. “We might see some peaks in the 50s, but another low-pressure system will move here. We may have another cold front Wednesday.”

Flowers, in some areas, were pushing up through the snow that remained Tuesday morning.

More snow is possible tonight with the low expected to get down to 26 degrees, according to the HMTV6 weather website at www.herald-mail.com/hmtv6/weather/.

The high temperature in Hagerstown was 55 degrees at 3:16 p.m. Tuesday, according to local weather observer Greg Keefer’s website at http://i4weather.net.

“It looks like through the end of the month these weather patterns will persist,” Goldstein said. “We’re starting to see some blooming and trees budding, so spring is trying to get here, but it’s still going to be cool and showery through the end of the month.”

The winter weather continues even after a mild season in terms of snowfall in the area. Only 14.2 inches of snow had fallen in Hagerstown since November, well below the average of 28.6 inches of snow that usually fall from November through March, according to Keefer’s website.

The mild Winter arrived after J. Gruber’s 2013 Hagers-Town Town and Country Almanack predicted two December nor’easters, 15 possible heavy snow days, and the possibility of a winter season similar to 2009-2010, when more than 80 inches of snow fell in some parts of the region and 70.5 inches fell on Hagerstown, according to Keefer’s website.

Blizzards have swept through the Midwest and the New England region, but have avoided Hagerstown.

HMTV6 Meteorologist Brittany Beggs said that March can be a “tricky” month for weather patterns, but that the temperature for the month so far has not been “terribly colder than normal.”

Goldstein said a high pressure system in the Atlantic Ocean that has not moved is extending cold temperatures in the area.

“If only this had set up a couple months ago, we might have had more snowfall, but now it’s late in the year,” he said.

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