Meteorologists have not completely ruled out snow from this winter’s forecast.
“Still anything is possible until the first of March,” said Meteorologist Leonard Vaughan, of the National Weather Service in Columbia. “Then your chances really decrease.”
Eight of Augusta’s 10 largest daily snowfalls since 1871 occurred in February.
“I don’t think we’re done with winter yet,” said Bill Murphey, a state climatologist and chief meteorologist of the Environmental Protection Division of Natural Resources. “We could still have some cold air intrusions in February.”
Snows in the Southeast are more difficult for meteorologists to predict long term, especially along the fall-line area of Georgia.
Augusta is much more likely to get freezing rain and ice storms because it’s on the edge of the “freezing line.”
“We’re still in a progressive pattern,” Murphey said. “We’re still fair game to get swings in temperature and participation.”
Normal temperatures for Augusta this time of years are highs near 61 and lows near 31.
Although the next week will stay close to normal highs in the 60s, cold weather could return before the month’s end.
A front will move through Sunday evening that is expected to bring 1-3 inches of rain over a three-day period. After that system moves out, cold air is expected to follow in time for the weekend of Feb. 16.