Long-range spring forecast for St. Louis predicts higher risk for severe weather, floods

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ST. LOUIS, Mo (KMOX/AccuWeather) - Spring doesn't officially start until March 19 but we are looking ahead to what AccuWeather meteorologists think the St. Louis region can expect.

The wait is over. For those hoping to thaw out from winter's chill, AccuWeather's annual spring forecast is here. Though Punxsutawney Phil recently declared the end of winter, AccuWeather meteorologists largely disagree and are calling for the current season to drag on across much of the United States, possibly even beyond the official beginning of spring.

Mild air will be slow to arrive in the Northeast, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley this year, as the chance for snow lingers into mid-spring. Meanwhile, the Southeast will brace for a wet and stormy couple of months.

The season will be split in the West as some areas will experience a prolonged winter season and others may seemingly skip the season altogether and jump ahead to summer.