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The official start to spring

Every week we pass another milestone that tells us spring is here. Last weekend, though we had to lose an hour of sleep for it, we regained our lost hour of sunlight in the evenings via Daylight Savings Time. A sunset past 6 p.m. is surely a sign of warmer weather ahead! And this weekend, we celebrate the spring equinox, marking when we finally get to see more than 12 hours of sunlight per day. 

In Boston, spring means some warm days interspersed with rain, gloomy clouds, and fits of cold, but we can be excited about it nonetheless. And as such, we may receive a small amount of snow tonight despite the warm and sunny St. Patrick’s Day yesterday. But never fear, the forecast for next week looks promising for those of you who are ready to trade your winter coat for shorts and sandals. Don’t put away your heavy coat for good, but warm days are on the horizon.

Our unnaturally dry March has certainly not been the case elsewhere in the country. Parts of the Rocky Mountains experienced a heavy blizzard earlier this week with some areas receiving between 2–4 feet of snow. Strong winds and heavy snow caused several thousand people to temporarily lose power and over 2,000 flights to be cancelled. Winter has not released its hold on us yet!

Extended forecast:
Today: Mostly cloudy with rain in the evening. High around 56°F (13°C). Southwest wind around 6–9 mph. 
Tonight: Rain, then snow. Low around 2°F (-3°C). North wind around 12–17 mph with gusts up to 29 mph. 
Friday: Chance of snow in the morning, then mostly cloudy. High around 36°F (2°C) and low around 24°F (-4°C). North wind around 18–22 mph with gusts up to 31 mph. 
Saturday: Sunny. High around 45°F (7°C) and low around 30°F (-1°C). North wind around 5–10 mph. 
Sunday: Sunny. High around 53°F (12°C).