Taste of spring on the way but are we done with winter? - WMC Action News 5 - Memphis, Tennessee

Taste of spring on the way but are we done with winter?

© Euro Forecast Model Temps Monday Noon © Euro Forecast Model Temps Monday Noon

After a few weeks of cold, wintry weather followed by a week of off and on rain, we will finally see some nice March weather. Spring officially arrives this Friday March 20th at 5:45 PM CDT but it will feel more like spring at the start of the week.

Highs may reach 70º on Sunday with sun finally back in the forecast. But Monday will likely be the warmest day of the next seven with highs approaching the mid 70s. The European forecast model (see image) has us around 70º by lunch time on Monday. Our average this time of year is 63º, so temperatures will finally be above average for a change. Unfortunately, rain chances and cooler air return for the middle and end of the week, but highs will still be in the upper 50s to low 60s which is seasonal.

So are we done with winter? Not quite. On average, our last freeze typically occurs by March 19th but our latest freeze recorded in Memphis was on April 25th, 1910. So we can't completely rule out freezing temperatures through late April. We'll see if old man winter has any tricks up his sleeve. For now, I would hold off on any planting for a few more weeks.

Spencer Denton
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