Is Texas experiencing a ‘false spring’? See the weather forecast for February
Punxsutawney Phil couldn’t see his shadow, but that doesn’t necessarily mean spring has come to Texas. While temperatures Owns On the rise, it seems Mother Nature is teasing us with a false spring.
What can Texans expect in the coming weeks? Here’s the breakdown.
What is a “false spring”?
“False spring,” also called “false spring,” refers to “a period of weather in late winter or early spring, when temperatures are much higher than normal and extend over a period of time.”
While temperatures have suddenly warmed, North Texas can expect another freeze before spring arrives.
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What causes unusual warmth?
The strange warmth is due to the location of the jet stream, which helps guide mild air northward into the central and eventually eastern U.S., AccuWeather Chief Meteorologist Bob Larson told USA TODAY. The jet stream is also strong and is working to keep cold air packed into Canada and prevent it from moving into the United States, he said.
When will it get colder?
Larson said temperatures next week will drop to levels more typical for February as the jet stream will change location, allowing cold air to seep from Canada across much of the central and eastern United States. Snow may accompany the cold in parts of the Northeast.
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Then, by the end of next week, he said more extreme cold is likely, along with some additional storms.
“Word to the wise, enjoy the next 10 days or so, because some winter cold and wintry weather will likely return to the eastern U.S. before and even after Valentine’s Day for the second half of February,” AccuWeather Meteorologist Dean Devore said.
Will February be a rainy month for Texas?
February is typically the driest month for Texas, but it’s also the most likely to produce snow, KXAN reports. The Climate Prediction Center expects more rain than usual to hit the state in the coming weeks.
Rainfall in January improved drought conditions, and February is likely to continue this trend.
How long does spring last in Texas?
Although they fluctuate from year to year, Texas springs typically run from March to May, Tarleton State University reports.
What is the coldest month in Texas?
January is typically the coldest month in Texas, and this was especially true in 2024.
— USA TODAY correspondent Doyle Rice contributed to this report.