Not a good week ahead for our snow pack

This past week has been pretty snowy in the Chippewa Valley. Much of the viewing area, from the Eau Claire area up to the north, has the most snow on the ground it has seen all winter. Here's a look at the snow cover and snow depth for the state from the National Weather Service for Sunday, March 4th.

The dark blues around Phillips and Hayward represent a snow depth of more than 20 inches of snow. The snow depth around the Eau Claire area ranges from 3-6". However, down around the Coulee Region, the snow pack is very small...only really a trace remains.

Also, notice all the fresh snow in eastern portions of the state from the same storm system that spawned all those tornadoes on Friday. Milwaukee and Madison both have around 3" on the ground with higher amounts to the north. Here's a national look at the snow pack across the country. A little over 30% of the country is covered in snow.

So here we are. It is Sunday, March 4th. A week from today I'll have another blog post and show you how much snow survived after this week. It's not going to be a good week for snow, so hopefully you got out this weekend and enjoyed it! We are going to see a big surge in temperatures. A ridge of high pressure will build into the area starting on Monday with the passage of a warm front. By Tuesday we'll see highs climbing into the 50s. The snow will hold back temperatures somewhat. Highs up in the north will probably be stuck in the 40s for Tuesday. Here's one of the forecast model's opinion on temperatures for Tuesday at 6pm across the country.

Compare the map above with the national look at the snow pack. Notice areas like Nebraska and Western Iowa. Eastern Iowa picked up some snow today from a clipper system. Now check out those temps for Tuesday. Highs in Nebraska could get into the low 70s for highs with 60s into Iowa. It's going to be feeling very spring-like!

Now those kind of temperatures of course are going to melt some snow, but what really will help melt a lot of snow is night-time temperatures above freezing for at least most of the night. That will definitely happen Tuesday night with lows likely struggling to get below 40 degrees. Some rain showers on Wednesday will provide some additional melting power. That cold front bringing the rain will cool things down slightly by the end of the week. We warm up into next weekend with another shot at some rain a week from today. So, make sure to check back a week from today to see how much snow survived the warm week.


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