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Temperatures are springing out of winter

The extended forecast shows more signs of spring rather than winter.

Temperatures in the 60s are predicted for Thursday and 50s will be routine over the next week.  

WFMZ's Meteorologist Dan Skeldon says a late winter warm up is typical. 

"Winter is a series of ups and downs. The cold doesn't lock in Christmas to Easter, it's not bitter cold the whole time, You warm up in February and March but March is still winter for a reason," he said.

As we we found out during a mid-March snow storm last year. 

That cold snap came off a February week long warm spell that hit 77 degrees on the 24th.

Over the past several years the shortest month of the year has routinely produced temps in the 60s only to be followed by a mid to late March snowfall.

The seasonal schizophrenia creates chaos for hardware stores like the Ace in Orefield, as the in-between season places shovels next to potting soil, and leaves other shelves empty.

"It's not easy. We try to get ready for spring and sometimes it's not ready for us," he said.

Even if this will be just a taste, Dan the man says it will be more sweet than sour. 

"Good thing about late February warm-ups are there is only so much winter left," Skeldon added.

The average high is 40. If we stay at normal levels this will be an above average winter, despite the bitter cold snap in December and early January.


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