March outlook: South Jersey Cold to continue

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Anyone hoping to get a head start on the household spring chores may have to put them off for a few weeks this year. The weather pattern that has kept a cap of cold air pushed down across the northeast will remain in place for at least the next few weeks, forecast models indicate./NOAA Anyone hoping to get a head start on the household spring chores may have to put them off for a few weeks this year. The weather pattern that has kept a cap of cold air pushed down across the northeast will remain in place for at least the next few weeks, forecast models indicate./NOAA Anyone hoping to get a head start on the household spring chores may have to put them off for a few weeks this year. The weather pattern that has kept a cap of cold air pushed down across the northeast will remain in place for at least the next few weeks, forecast models indicate.

For several weeks in February, a portion of the polar vortex has settled over eastern Canada, driving down waves of colder-than-normal air toward the eastern half of the United States. At times, daily high temperatures were 15-25 degrees colder than normal.

According to the National Weather Service’s Climate Prediction Center, the eastern half of the United States has a greater likelihood of colder-than-normal temperatures during first half of March. 

March temperatures will average several degrees colder than normal, according to the Climate Forecast Center/Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com March temperatures will average several degrees colder than normal, according to the Climate Forecast Center/Weatherbell Analytics, www.weatherbell.com The National Center for Environmental Prediction’s Climate Forecast System is forecasting that March temperatures could average between 3-5 degrees colder than normal over an area that stretches from the Great Lakes to the Southeast.

Usually, March is the month when South Jersey daily high temperatures rise through the 50s. However, March daily high readings may feel more like a typical February instead.

Early April outlook

Don’t expect an abrupt change to warmer-than-normal conditions anytime soon, according to the CFS. April 2014 could average 1-2 degrees colder than normal across much of the nation that has been plagued by cold during the winter of 2013-14.

  Even April 2014 could avreage out to be colder than normal./Weatherbell Analtyics, www.weatherbell.com Even April 2014 could avreage out to be colder than normal./Weatherbell Analtyics, www.weatherbell.com


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