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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published February 24 2014

Weather Talk: March temps likely won’t be as cold as last year’s

March will be here soon. Even though March is often a very wintry month, March temperatures are generally much warmer than February’s.

The average high temperature climbs from 29 degrees on March 1 to 46 degrees on March 31. The average low rises from 12 degrees to 26 degrees over the month. The overall average temperature during the month of March in Fargo Moorhead is 27.8 degrees.

My current forecast is for March to finish below that average, but I would be surprised if we finished anywhere near the bitterly cold average of 17.3 degrees that the metro recorded last year. That was the 16th-coldest March since records began in 1881.

Our average March precipitation is 1.30 inches of rain and melted snow, and in most years a majority of that comes from melted snow. Our average March snowfall is 9.1 inches, the third-snowiest month of the year based on averages.

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