AccuWeather: Cold shots to continue into early spring

The groundhog won't give his prognosis for spring's arrival for a few days, but meteorologists already foresee six more weeks of winter in the mid-Atlantic and Northeast.

The forecasting company's spring outlook calls for cold outbreaks and possible snow storms to continue into March.

"For the next six weeks in the Northeast, we're going to be dealing with some pretty good cold coming down out of northern Canada," Lead Long-Range Forecaster Paul Pastelok said in a statement. "I still think there's going to be a few systems of significance before the winter season is over with."

Quicker warm-ups could meanwhile arrive in the Southwest and southern Florida, the forecast suggests.

Seasonal forecasting is known to be significantly less reliable than short-term predictions, so take that with a grain of salt.

Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Climate Prediction Center in College Park meanwhile are predicting a slight inclination toward warmer-than-normal temperatures in March in Maryland and across the southern two-thirds of the country.

So far this winter, AccuWeather's winter season forecast released in October has been fairly accurate, though. Forecasters called for a slow start to winter here before snow and colder temperatures set in for January.

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