Warm spring expected for region, but cold holding on

It's been colder than is normal for this time of year in Maryland, but things are eventually going to warm up.

As spring, which officially began Wednesday, gets further underway, Maryland will see a change from cooler-than-normal temperatures to warmer-than-normal temperatures, according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's national spring outlook report.


Most of the continental United States, apart from the Pacific Northwest and Northern Great Plains, will experience warmer-than-usual temperatures in next three months, according to the report released Thursday.

Just don't put away the winter clothes yet.


According to Heather Sheffield, a meteorologist in the National Weather Service in Sterling, Va., the unusual cold weather — Thursday temperatures were about 15 degrees below normal — is likely to continue for at least a couple more weeks.

"Even with the March sun, or the higher sun angle, the area's not warming as much as, say, last year, where we did see well-above-normal temps for this time of year," Sheffield said.

We can thank the low pressure system to our north, she said.

Still, long-term forecasts from NOAA give more hope for a warming.

The NOAA report also found that anticipated levels of precipitation and snow melt in the next three months do not present a significant threat of spring flooding in the state.

Little snow remains in Maryland, even in the western end of the state, and precipitation levels have been and will likely continue to be relatively normal. However, forecasts for spring precipitation show parts of southern Maryland could remain drier than normal.