The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

March 27, 2013

Winter weather pattern may hold on for two more weeks

By Carra Higgins
Register-Herald Reporter

— Snow, snow, and, more snow with gray skies, some ice and cold winds and temperatures. Since the end of October, that weather has been the dominant pattern for the region.

Although it’s been good for ski bunnies and snow angels, the winter weather has some wondering when will Old Man Winter finally take an extended vacation instead of just a couple sick days here and there?

Expect him to continue to wear out his welcome for at least the next two weeks, according to Andrew Beavers of the National Weather Service.

For at least 14 days residents of the region can plan on a few overcast, snowy and cold days, then a warmer, sunny day, followed again by snow, rain and cold.

“Winter has extended into spring more than most people like,” Beavers commented.

The winter has been about “average” as far as temperatures and snowfall amounts; however, March has been 6.4 degrees colder than normal, which is “significant,” Beavers added.  

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Climate Prediction Center has forecasted that our area this spring and summer will experience “average” precipitation and “above average” temperatures, said Beavers.