As we made it into the 2nd week of February, Old Man Winter reminded people it is not yet spring, despite the above normal temperatures seen across much of the U.S. this past winter season. Last weekend brought high temperatures across the Great Lakes into the teens and 20s, and even the Southeast saw highs only into the 30s and 40s. Make no mistake, winter is not yet over, but looking at the weather pattern setting up today through Friday might make you think spring is again on its way.
A spring-like storm system is setting up across parts of the South today as southeast Texas and much of Louisiana could see severe storms through Wednesday afternoon. Damaging winds and isolated tornadoes will be the main threats today as warm, moist air from the Gulf of Mexico pushes onshore and up through southern Arkansas. Ahead of this storm system, temperatures will continue feeling like spring as the Gulf allows more of that mild air to spill into the Southeast.
This storm system will continue marching east and then northeastward over the next few days, pushing into Alabama, Georgia, and the Carolinas by Thursday. Those folks will also see the possibility for strong to severe storms Thursday afternoon, and by Friday morning, the Northeast will see its share of the rain, and even snow across Upstate New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, and Maine.