Snow Hitting Quickly on First Weekend of Spring

By By Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist.
March 24, 2014, 12:48:04 AM EDT

There will be two fast-moving areas of snow to watch during the first weekend of spring: one that is spreading across northern New England and the other that will move through part of the mid-South.

The areas of snow and the return of colder air will put another damper on outdoor activities.

Where the snow falls heavily, another round of travel problems are possible.

A stripe of accumulating snow will continue to spread across upstate New York and northern New England, as well as neighboring areas of Canada.


A few inches of snow can fall in part of this swath as it moves along from west to east spanning throughout the day Saturday.

Cities in the path of the spring snowfall include Burlington, Vt., Caribou, Maine, and Montreal.


A second area that may experience a change to wet snow will reach from parts of northern Arkansas and southern Missouri to portions of Kentucky, northern Tennessee and southwestern Virginia.

The timing for this southern wintry precipitation is Saturday night over the Central states to Sunday over the Appalachians.


According to Senior Meteorologist Henry Margusity, "As long as that southern storm system remains weak, it is likely to fail to bring accumulating snow over the I-95 mid-Atlantic on Sunday."

That is exactly what meteorologists anticipate to happen. Only a few wet snowflakes are expected to fly across central Virginia on Sunday.

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A warm Saturday will precede the snow in the Mississippi and Ohio valley states, as well as the southern Appalachians and mid-Atlantic. High temperatures are forecast to be near 60 F at Cape Girardeau, Mo., in the 60s F around London, Ky., and close to 70 F near Roanoke, Va., on Saturday.


Folks traveling over the higher elevations of the I-77 and I-81 corridors in the southern Appalachians may want to keep an eye on the storm.

Across the mountains of northern Tennessee, northern North Carolina and southwestern Virginia is where the snow could leave a couple of inches. Outside of the mountains, little to no accumulation will occur.

Much colder air will advance to the east and south from the Mississippi River Valley to much of the Atlantic coast Saturday night and Sunday.

The fresh push of cold air could set the stage for another storm and a more broad area of snow Tuesday into Wednesday of next week from along the East Coast.

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