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John Wheeler, WDAY, Published February 20 2014

Weather Talk: March here is essentially a winter month most years

February may be a short month, but this does nothing to shorten the winter. The cold weather pattern is back, and it is expected to remain below average for the remainder of February.

Our only solace is that current and future cold snaps over the next few weeks are not likely to be as cold as those in January. But here in the Northern Plains and North Woods, March is essentially still a winter month most years.

However, we do gain considerable daylight during March and this does affect the temperature. By the middle of March, the average high temperature is above 32 degrees, and by the end of the month, it is in the lower 40s. Of course, our temperatures have been almost exclusively below average since Thanksgiving, but even if the weather remains below average for several more weeks, it is certain to warm up some.

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