Spring Has Sprung, But It Feels Like Winter [AUDIO]
Spring has arrived, but you may not want to get out your flip-flops just yet. Over the next couple of weeks, New Jersey is expected to see below average temperatures, which means we cannot rule out spring snowfall.
"Below average temperatures don't necessarily mean snow, but they do mean that when precipitation enters this area, there is still the chance of snow," said Dr. Dave Robinson, New Jersey State Climatologist at Rutgers University. "We have had late March snowstorms and we've even had significant early April events in a large portion of the state. Looking at the six-to-10-day and eight-to-14-day outlooks, they are leaning to below average temperatures but precipitation is a little more difficult to call.
Robinson said regardless, the transition into spring will be a slow one this year.
As for this winter, it was the 34th-coldest on record in New Jersey, but the third-coldest since 1982. It was the 15th-wettest overall and the eighth-snowiest, according to Robinson.
"It was a rough winter, it was very disruptive with impacts on transportation, impacts on commerce in general and all the school closings impacted our personal lives," he said. "Statewide, we've had roughly 53 inches of snow on average around New Jersey."