Severe weather season seems like a long ways away but for some in the United States, it’s already started.
There is no doubt that this past Sunday, March 3rd, will go down in history in Alabama. Twenty-three people lost their lives that day. The tornado outbreak happened in an area known as Dixie Alley. An area in the Southeast that is prone to tornadoes. They’re typically the first to start their severe weather season and this year has proved to be memorable already.
This map shows the hot spots for severe weather during March. You can see Dixie Alley is in its severe weather season.
Into April when the large-scale weather patterns shift, this area gets bigger and includes other states.
May is when the lower Plains and Tornado Alley gets busy and as you can tell, we have the ability to start seeing severe weather then as well.
But it’s during this transition from Winter to Spring that large-scale storms become much more dynamic across the country. Just like on Sunday, the northern portions of these storms can see snow and even blizzards while the southern parts get deadly severe weather.
The snow that accompanies these storms is typically wetter snow because you’re pulling in much warmer air. Slightly warmer temperatures change the type of snowflake that falls. Wetter snow doesn’t add up as much as dry and fluffy snow so It will take more moisture for the snow to pile up.
Here’s a look at the March precipitation outlook for North Dakota. There is confidence for normal or near normal precipitation.
But something you should know is that there is the possibility of one of these dynamic systems will drag across the country this weekend. Snow for the Plain States and another round of severe weather is possible for Dixie Alley.
Be sure to stay tuned to KX News and our KX Storm Team App as the Storm Team continues to track the weekend snowstorm.