By Alex Sosnowski, Expert Senior Meteorologist
March 03, 2014
According to AccuWeather.com Chief Meteorologist Elliot Abrams, “If you heard a foot of snow was in the forecast Friday and did not check for updates over the weekend, then woke to see no snow Monday morning, you might think that no storm had ever formed.”
Likewise, if you checked the forecast farther south on Friday and did not see weekend updates, the heavy snow Monday morning might have come as a surprise.
Where did the 10 inches of snow we were supposed to get go?
— Jordan (@J_A_32) March 3, 2014
Oh snow, where did it go, stayed down below, what was all the planning fo, accuweather didn’t know, caused so much woe, now four shoots a go
— CNET (@CNETCentreCo) March 3, 2014
Where did all of the that snow go? Nothing was outside but ice and despair.
— Jace (@lashorama) March 3, 2014
— Cecily Tynan (@CecilyTynan) March 3, 2014
On Friday, a potent storm from the Pacific Ocean was bearing down on California.
This storm was forecast to bring an extensive swath of snow and ice as it moved into colder air over the Central and Eastern states. While the storm did evolve, the wintry precipitation corridor set up farther south than originally forecast.
The storm was farther south and weaker than originally anticipated, causing the southward shift in the zone of heavy snow and ice.
Storms from the Southwest often lose their punch crossing the Rockies. Since the storm became weaker than expected, it was easily overwhelmed by a push of dry, frigid air from the north.