By Scott Dance, The Baltimore Sun
10:46 AM EST, January 30, 2013
AccuWeather.com released its spring weather outlook this morning, and it includes seasonable weather that one doesn't need a meteorology degree to predict: winter storm chances for the East Coast in February and March and milder temperatures not until April and May.
First, winter might stick around for another six weeks after Groundhog Day, long range AccuWeather forecaster Paul Pastelok said. A couple of winter storms could strike during the last month of meteorological winter and the first month of meteorological spring, he said.
On average, February is the snowiest month of the year at BWI Marshall Airport, with about 8 inches. There is typically about 2 inches of snowfall at BWI in March.
AccuWeather doesn't predict a return to the frigid conditions seen earlier this month, though; instead, temperatures could be about normal to slightly below normal.
The forecast predicts a normal start to severe weather and tornado season, in March and April instead of January and February like during last year's mild winter.
Drought conditions could worsen for the Rockies and Plains states during the spring, AccuWeather predicts.
The Climate Prediction Center in College Park meanwhile predicts a warm trend across the country for the spring months, with nearly a 50 percent chance of above-normal temperatures in Maryland and two-thirds of the country.
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