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Daryl Ritchison, WDAY, Published February 25 2014

Weather Talk: Highs below zero become rare once we enter March

Our average last day with a high temperature below zero in Fargo-Moorhead is Feb. 9. Therefore, if any days this week fail to get above zero, it would be well beyond that average date.

The record low maximum temperature this Friday (Feb. 28) is minus 11 degrees, set back in 1962. But once we hit March, high temperatures below zero become rare. Since records have been kept in 1881, there have been only 11 instances with a high below zero in Fargo-Moorhead during the month of March. The last occurred in 2009 when the high was minus 1 on March 11.

Low temperatures below zero are still commonplace this time of year. The average last date with a low below zero is March 11.

Considering that our current cold snap should last into next week, the odds are high that our last negative reading of this season will be at least near that average, if not later.

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