March 2014 will go down as a cold and snowy month for Northeast Ohio.
For snow, Cleveland recorded 15.1 inches, 2.5 inches above the normal; the Akron-Canton region recorded 8.2 inches, 1.5 inches above the normal; and Mansfield recorded 10.5 inches, 2.7 inches above normal.
Temperatures-wise, Cleveland, Akron-Canton and Mansfield recorded below normal temperatures across the board. Cleveland recorded an average high temperatures of 41.4 degrees F, 5.9 degrees F below normal. The average low temperature for Cleveland was 23.1 degrees F, 7.1 degrees F below normal. The Akron-Canton region recorded an average high temperature of 42.2 degrees F, 4 degrees below normal. Akron-Canton's average low temperature was 21.8 degrees F, 6.7 degrees below normal. Mansfield's average high temperature was 42.1 degrees F, 4.1 degrees below normal. Mansfield's average low temperature was 21.2 degrees F, 6.9 degrees below normal.
One interesting fact about March 2014 is that even with above normal snowfall, total precipitation (rain, melted snow equivalent) was still below normal, pointing to the fact that the cold weather of March was a major factor in the above normal snowfall. Cleveland recorded 2.2 inches of total precipitation, 0.73 inches below normal. The Akron-Canton region recorded 2.58 inches of total precipitation, 0.40 inches below normal. Mansfield recorded 1.84 inches of total precipitation, 1.55 inches below normal. It also suggests that more times than not it snowed whenever there was any precipitation in Northeast this past March.
It should also be noted that the NOAA Climate Outlook suggested March would be a below normal month temperature-wise (Click here for previous article), which was a trend already observed during the months of January and February, 2014.