Let it snow? Come on, it's March
Did you see the halo around the moon last night? Did you hear the thunder on March 1? You know what that means, right? Yeah, we know what it means. It means snow in March. What else is new? The Weather.com forecast for Sunday, March 12 calls for a 100 percent chance of snow in Greenville. And here's the weekend weather map posted today on The Weather Channel website:
Sunday's Outlook Areas shown in darkest teal have the best chance of snow. Areas in pink may see either rain or snow. Areas in green are expected to see primarily rain. (Information via www.theweatherchannel.com)
The forecast prompted officials at Greenville's East Carolina University to revise the weekend's baseball schedule. Here's the press release: "East Carolina officials have announced that the three-game non-conference series between ECU and Charlotte, scheduled for this weekend at Lewis Field inside Clark-LeClair Stadium, has been revised due to the forecast of inclement weather moving into the area early Sunday. "Sunday's series finale will be moved to either Friday or Saturday and be played as part of a doubleheader. A decision regarding which day the contest will be played, along with adjusted start times, will be determined Wednesday night."
Long-time Greenville residents don't bat an eye at the snowy forecast. Sure, the high today was 71 degrees, Thursday's high is predicted to be 76 degrees and Friday's high, 72 degrees. The lows will dip from 50 degrees on Thursday to 26 degrees on Sunday. We've seen this before. The Greenville area has had several heavy March snowstorms in its history. The so-called "Snowstorm of the Century" hit eastern North Carolina on March 1, 1980, with near-blizzard conditions. The National Weather Service notes that Pitt County was bombarded with 16 inches of snow in addition to sustained high winds and very cold temperatures. But there's more. On March 24-25, 1983, the Greenville area received about 5-9 inches of snow. And on March 2-3, 2010, Pitt County got from 1-3 inches of snow, depending on location.
And, come Sunday, we just may be walking in a winter wonderland again.
After all, it isn't officially Spring until March 20.