Don't put away that parka just yet.
While much of the country enjoyed a welcome weekend warm-up, winter isn't done with us, forecasters say.
"Very likely they will see more snow in the Northeast," said The Weather Channel's Kevin Roth. "At this point we think it will be on the light side so one to three inches, coming overnight Tuesday into Wednesday meaning that morning’s commute could be impacted.”
From Montana through the Northeast, it will be another cold week with temperatures 10 to 30 degrees colder than usual late-February averages, he added.
"Highs will generally range from the teens to the lower 30s, so in most areas it will be freezing or colder," Roth said.
Even the South isn't immune. Weather.com said light sleet, freezing rain or snow was possible from parts of southern Arkansas into the Mid-South, Tennessee Valley and southern Appalachians overnight Tuesday. By Wednesday, the South will be treated to more favorable conditions, with highs in the 40s and 50s, according to Weather.com.
For many cities, it'll be more of the same in a February to forget in the next few days. From The Weather Channel:
- Several cities in the Midwest have seen a top 10 coldest February based on the monthly average temperature through Feb. 20, including Chicago, St. Louis, Indianapolis, Green Bay, Wis. Dubuque, Iowa. and Moline, Ill.
- Through Feb. 19, Detroit has had its coldest winter since 1978-79.
- Duluth, Minn., has broken its record for number of days with subzero lows this winter, including a record streak of 23 straight days with subzero lows from Jan. 20 through Feb. 11. It added another subzero day on Monday, with a low of minus-4, for a total of 61 days so far.
Then consider the fickleness of temperatures in Denver. On Monday morning the low there was 23 degrees. The high for the day came just before 3:30 p.m.: 64 degrees. And just a few hours later, it had plummeted to 21 degrees.
Any warming has a down side for areas that have been locked in an icy grip. Melting rivers and lakes can produce ice jams that can cause flooding and force residents from their homes, The Weather Channel reported.
— Patrick Garrity
First published February 23 2014, 8:48 AM