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Snow in Chicago May Bring a Chill to the Central U.S. Next Week

February 24, 2012

Feb. 23 (Bloomberg) -- Today’s snow in Chicago and across the Midwest may keep temperatures closer to seasonal levels in the central U.S. through next week, forecasters said.

As much as 6 to 8 inches (15 to 20 centimeters) of snow may fall in Chicago overnight, according to the National Weather Service in Romeoville, Illinois. A winter storm watch covers parts of Illinois, Indiana and Michigan.

“Heavy wet snow may fall at rates greater than an inch per hour this evening,” according to the storm watch. “Due to the high liquid content of the snow those with health concerns should use caution when shoveling.”

The snow storms may keep average temperatures below normal through next week across much of the U.S., said Matt Rogers, president of Commodity Weather Group LLC in Bethesda, Maryland. Traders watch temperature predictions to gauge energy use and demand.

About 51 percent of U.S. households use natural gas for heating, according to the Energy Department.

“An active storm pattern over the Midwest in the short- term into next week could continue to challenge day-to-day temperature forecasts, particularly with some opportunities of heavier, late-season snowfall in spots,” Rogers said.

Winter storm warnings and advisories also stretch from North Dakota to central Iowa, the weather service said. Snow is expected to fall from Iowa through the Great Lakes into northern New England.

St. Johnsbury, Vermont, and Berlin, New Hampshire, may receive 2 to 4 inches of snow tomorrow, according to the weather service.

Above-Normal Temperatures

Temperatures in the southeastern U.S. are expected to be 3 to 5 degrees Fahrenheit (1.7 to 2.8 Celsius) above normal from Feb. 28 to March 3, Rogers said.

Warmer weather is then expected to spread throughout much of the eastern U.S. from March 4 to March 8, according to MDA EarthSat Weather in Gaithersburg, Maryland.

Temperatures in the eastern Great Lakes to U.S. Northeast, including New York, may be 8 to 14 degrees above normal, according to MDA. In Chicago, they may rise 5 to 7 degrees higher.

For March 3, the normal average temperature in New York City is about 39 degrees, according to MDA. In Boston it’s 35; in Chicago 33; in Houston 60; in Dallas 54; in Seattle 45 and in Burbank, California, 57.

--Editors: David Marino, Bill Banker

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