LIMA — As soon as the calendar flips, it seems we will be springing right into warmer weather — which is good news for people like Kayla Dahlinghaus, owner of Kayla’s Greenhouse.
Despite the dump of snow and cold last week, AccuWeather predicts a high of 48 degrees on Sunday, March 1.
“It’s going to stay relatively cold here through Saturday, but Sunday afternoon it quickly warms up,” meteorologist Derek Witt said. “Right as we get to March 1, the temp will already be warming up 20 degrees from Saturday.”
Temperatures will hover around the low 50s the first part of the week and then taper back down to the low-to-mid-40s where it likely will stay for most of the month.
“It looks like we’ll be about 2 to 3 degrees overall higher than average,” Witt explained. “March is a month where we warm up gradually — the beginning high is usually around 42 and by the end of the month it’s 55, so it’s looking to be about 2 to 3 degrees above each of those.”
However, as every Midwesterner knows, winter still has a chance to make its way back around. In the seven to 10 day forecast, there are no major storms brewing, but Witt said it’s hard to anticipate much beyond that.
“Statistically and historically, there’s always a bit of a cold shot at some point in March where we get a little winter weather, but we’re expecting it to be warmer than average overall,” he said. “The first week is going to be around slightly above average so because of that, we don’t expect much chance of accumulation, but long-term there could be.”
The trend continues from what overall was also a warmer February by about 2 to 3 degrees as well. However, the closing week’s cold front brought down the average temperature but surpassed the average amount of snow.
“In terms of overall snowfall, we were at right about a foot — about half of that felt in the last couple of days,” Witt said. “February saw slightly more snow than normal, up about 10-to-20% for the month.”
Kayla’s Greenhouse’s opening day will be Monday, April 13, and Dahlinghaus is preparing for another large crowd.
“Last year, which was only our second year, our opening day was very busy,” she said. “It was crazy because there were definitely still some snowflakes falling, but there were plenty of people here. I just think everyone was ready for spring and will be again this year.”
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