Thunder in Winter

We’ve had a lot of rain in the Sandhills over the last week. The rain, mild weather, and daffodils starting to poke through the soil made me think spring was on the way. But then a thunderstorm rolled through yesterday.

The storm reminded me of Papaw. He was superstitious about the weather and used to say that thunder in winter brings snow in seven days. I always chalked it up to just an old wives’ tale, but it turns out there is real wisdom behind the folklore.

Thunderstorms occur when a cold front runs into a warm front. During the winter, if you hear thunder, a cold front is moving in. If that cold front is followed by rain, snow could result.

Does that mean we will see snow before the week is out? Maybe. That depends on if this cold front drops the temps low enough and if it ushers in more rain.

Personally, I’m hoping the weather remains mild. I don’t know about y’all, but I am ready for spring.

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