Spring 2017 Weather Outlook (U.S.)

What's in store for spring 2017?

Spring 2017 Weather Outlook (U.S.)

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What’s in store for spring weather? Here’s your Spring 2017 Weather Outlook—and also get your FREE 2017 Beginner’s Gardening Guide download!

The spring equinox arrives March 20, however, don’t think that wintry weather has clocked out. In fact, cold temperatures and snow flurries are not only possible, but also predicted, as winter passes into spring. So, be prepared!

A Recap On Winter Forecasts

Thus far this winter, our forecasts have been pretty close to our traditional 80 percent accuracy rate. Actual calculations will be made later, but, as predicted, winter overall has been mild across nearly all of the country, with above-normal temperatures and below-normal snowfall the rule in most locations.

This is generally in agreement with our forecast for this winter, with the most significant exception being the heavy precipitation that fell across all of California. While we did forecast rainfall to be above normal across northern California, we forecast below-normal rain in the central and southern portions of the state, and we did not forecast the above-normal snow that fell in the mountains. (Considering the severity of the drought there, this is one time when we are relatively happy that Mother Nature overrode our prognostication.) You can learn more about “A Winter for the Record Books” here.

Spring 2017 Weather Outlook

For now, though, our focus is on the future. Here’s a glimpse at what the weather will be in your region for spring, which concludes on June 21 at 12:24 a.m. EDT. (To see a map of the weather region boundaries, go to Almanac.com/weather/longrange.)

Region 1: Northeast

  • Spring will begin with mild showers and then become colder with light flurries.
  • April and May will be slightly cooler than normal, with above-normal rainfall.
  • The end of spring will bring warm weather and scattered thunderstorms.

Region 2: Atlantic Corridor

  • The start of spring will be cold, with a mix of rain and snow.
  • April and May will be rainier than normal, with temperatures below normal in the north and slightly above normal in the south.
  • Spring will end mildly with sunny and cool weather, thunderstorms peaking in at the start of summer.

Region 3: Appalachians

  • The beginning of spring will be wet and cold, bringing rain and light snow.
  • April and May will be rainier than normal, with temperatures slightly cooler than normal in the north and slightly warmer than normal in the south.
  • The tail end of spring will be sunny and cool, leading into summer with a few thunderstorms.

Region 4: Southeast

  • Spring will begin with rain on the coast and wet snow inland, turning sunny and warm by the end of March.
  • April and May will be slightly cooler than normal, with rainfall below normal in the north and above normal in the south.
  • Spring will end with warm, sunny weather mixed with a few thunderstorms.

Region 5: Florida

  • The end of winter heading into spring will bring scattered thunderstorms in the north and sunny, cool weather in the south.
  • April and May will be slightly hotter than normal, with above-normal rainfall.
  • Thunderstorms and warm weather will dominate the end of spring.

Region 6: Lower Lakes

  • Expect a cold, wet start to spring, filled with rain and snow showers.
  • April and May will be warmer and slightly drier than normal.
  • The end of spring will bring warm, scattered thunderstorms and rain showers.

Region 7: Ohio Valley

  • Spring will begin with cold rain and snow showers.
  • April and May will be warmer than normal, with rainfall below normal in the east and above normal in the west.
  • The end of spring will be predominantly sunny and mild, with occasional thunderstorms.

Region 8: Deep South

  • The start of spring will be cool and sunny, speckled with a little rain and a few thunderstorms.
  • April and May will be warmer and drier than normal.
  • Spring will end with warm weather and scattered thunderstorms.

Region 9: Upper Midwest

  • Cold weather, snow, and snow showers will mark the start of spring.
  • April and May will be warmer than normal, with precipitation below normal in the east and near normal in the west.
  • As spring tapers off and turns into summer, the weather will be sunny and warm, with a few thunderstorms and rain showers.

Region 10: Heartland

  • Spring will begin with cold rain and snow showers but slowly turn warm as the season progresses.
  • April and May will be warmer and drier than normal.
  • Spring will end with thunderstorms and hot weather, cooling off into summer with a few rain showers and sun.

Region 11: Texas–Oklahoma

  • As spring begins, it will be warm turning to cool, the north being mostly sunny while the south experiences showers.
  • April and May will be warmer than normal, with near-normal rainfall.
  • The end of spring will bring isolated thunderstorms and jump from hot to cold weather.

Region 12: High Plains

  • The start of spring will be marked by quickly shifting weather, changing from rain to snow and then to sun.
  • April and May will be warmer than normal, with precipitation a bit above normal.
  • The final days of spring will be cool in the north, warm in the south, and sunny, with a few showers and thunderstorms in both.

Region 13: Intermountain

  • Spring will begin with cold weather and a few showers and flurries.
  • April and May will be slightly warmer and drier than normal.
  • Spring will glide into summer smoothly with cool, sunny weather that slowly turns hot.

Region 14: Desert Southwest

  • Cool weather and sunny skies with scattered showers will start off spring, slowly turning warm.
  • April and May will be slightly rainier than normal, with below-normal temperatures.
  • Spring will end with thunderstorms turning into warm weather and sun.

Region 15: Pacific Northwest

  • The beginning of spring will bring cool, sunny days and mild rain.
  • April and May will be slightly warmer and drier than normal.
  • The end of spring will be sunny and warm, mixed with a few showers.

Region 16: Pacific Southwest

  • Spring will start with sunny, cool weather, with a few sprinkles in the north.
  • April and May will be warmer and slightly rainier than normal.
  • Spring will turn into summer with hot weather and lots of sun.

Region 17: Alaska

  • The start of spring will bring snow showers and be cold in the north and mild in the south.
  • April and May will be cooler than normal, with near-normal precipitation.
  • The end of spring will be mild, with sunny, warm weather and scattered showers.

Region 18: Hawaii

  • Spring will begin with scattered showers and be warm in the east while cool and sunny in the west and central.
  • April and May will be slightly warmer than normal, with rainfall a bit below normal on the Big Island and below normal elsewhere.
  • Spring will continue warm into summer, with a few showers central and scattered thunderstorms in the east and west. 

Also, see the spring weather forecasts for Canada.
Enjoy our Vernal Equinox page to celebrate the first day of spring!

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