This spring we are anticipating a late end to winter in the North Plains and Great Lakes region. This is something we are very confident in, as the very cold temperatures will likely take a while to erase from the region. March will likely be snowy in the northernmost regions of the US, with some rainy spells possible. Late April into Early May should be the start of the turbulent changeover from winter to summer, something usually characterized as a March into April occurrence.
The Southeast US is an area we are closely watching for a potential severe weather event(s) into the spring. Much like last year's concern and validation in April, we are once again concerned with the atmosphere that some more intense severe weather outbreaks may occur.
Into the western regions of the US, as the La Nina continues into the spring most likely, we will continue to see warm and dry conditions, but with less of an iron fist than usual, as we are beginning to think that an El Nino will be possible for next winter (2012-2013). An El Nino is basically the opposite of a La Nina.