AccuWeather Special Report: 2020 US Spring Forecast
AccuWeather Global Weather Center – The wait is over. For those hoping to thaw out from winter's chill, AccuWeather's annual spring forecast is here. Though Punxsutawney Phil recently declared the end of winter, AccuWeather meteorologists are calling for a delayed start to the season across much of the United States.
Mild air will be slow to arrive in the Northeast, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley this year, as the chance for snow lingers into midspring. Meanwhile, the Southeast will brace for a wet and stormy couple of months.
The season will be split in the West as some areas will experience a prolonged winter season and others may seemingly skip the season altogether and jump ahead to summer.
Take a look at the complete region-by-region breakdown below:
March and April will remain active across the central and eastern Rockies this year, providing both regions with mountain snow and rainfall in the valleys.
The extended winter weather will be good news for skiers and snowboarders, who may be able to hit the slopes later than expected.
“They’ve had a busy central Rockies ski season this year, and I think that will continue to be the case into spring,” Pastelok said.
While the Northwest also had a good season, temperatures rising quickly in the springtime may lead to the snowpack diminishing faster than normal and additional flooding around streams and river.
Temperatures will also rise quickly in Southern California, where dry conditions will dominate.
“There are some drought concerns this spring, especially for Southern California,” Pastelok said. “If we don’t start to see any precipitation here on the back end of the winter season, Southern California will get drier much quicker than expected.”
Overall, much of the West will experience above-normal temperatures this spring, with the exception of the central and northern Rockies.