A fling with spring

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DENVER — Monday afternoon saw high temperatures in the mid to upper 60s, and with current weather patterns sticking around for at least another day, we can expect the same for Tuesday.

Chalk it up to warm southwesterly winds, days with more sunlight, and typical March weather, which can feature all four seasons across the state.

This week’s weather is a case in point.

As early as Wednesday afternoon, a powerful cold front moves in from the Pacific, complete with freezing temperatures and snow for the metro area and Palmer Divide. What’s more, this storm may also touch off a few “thunder snow” showers, with little ice pellets that look like small hail. But by the weekend, warmer temperatures will return to the Front Range, and whatever snow we get is melted down.

By the way, these warm temperatures come nowhere near the records for the 5th and 6th of March. The all-time record high temperature for the 5th is 76 degrees, last set in 1910. For the 6th it was 75 degrees, set in 1972.

The hottest record high temperature for March in Denver is 84 degrees, and that was set on the 26th in 1971. The snowiest March was in 2003, when 35.2 inches of snow fell.

Severe weather is not uncommon in March either. On March 8th 1992, a powerful storm system brought tornado warnings to the northeast plains.

This week’s weather just looks like typical pre-spring warm and cold, with change the only constant thing going.

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