Welcome to March
The first of March means the beginning of meteorological spring. For Maine, that means winter still has 6-7 weeks to go, under normal conditions. This winter has been anything but normal given the above normal temperatures. So far for the season, Caribou has recorded 105.4" of snow for the season, which is 22.9" above the seasonal average of 82.5", but much less than the 147" recorded at this point last year. To the south, Portland has recorded 50.5" of snow to this point, which is 4.1" above the seasonal average of 46.4". Last year at this point the Forest City recorded 51.1" of snow for the season.
While temperatures appear to continue to be above average going into March, it's still early to call winter over. The threat for frozen precipitation continues everywhere.
Temperature outlook for the week
Most of the week ahead, above normal temperatures are in the offing for the north. After a below zero start on Monday , there is potential that Tuesday's projected low temperature could be warmer than the average high for the date. Temperatures steadily cool down by the end of the week.
A similar trend is in store for the central part of the state. The projected high of 51° Tuesday will keep the sap on the trees flowing, with help from a couple of nights at or near freezing to help it along through midweek. Temperatures fall back below normal to start the weekend. The trend of consecutive weekends with below normal mercury readings continue.
Chances for precipitation depend on location