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Weather Outlook for March 2017

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Posted: March 2, 2017

Record warm weather, will turn more seasonable into March.

The month of February 2017 will be remembered for its exceptionally mild latter half. While official records for the month have not been released yet, the state of Pennsylvania will have tallied a top 5 warmest February - possibly even breaking the record for warmest. In the past 14 days, temperature departures have averaged as high as 10-15 degrees F above normal for the 2-week period. March will begin with some unsettled weather and a brief return to more wintry weather.

A cold front will swing through PA on Wednesday afternoon and evening which will bring numerous showers and thunderstorms to the area. Some parts of Pennsylvania, especially southern and eastern parts of the state, could see some strong to severe thunderstorms during the afternoon and evening. Behind the front, temperatures will drop significantly and return to more seasonal levels. High temperatures on Thursday and Friday will be primarily in the 30's to low 40's and lows will drop into the upper teens and 20's. On Friday, a period of snow is possible as a small disturbance traverses the Great Lakes region. Light accumulations, if any, are anticipated. Temperatures will remain rather chilly on Saturday with dry conditions, but milder air will begin to creep into southwestern PA by Sunday. Some scattered rain and/or snow showers are possible in the afternoon and evening as another disturbance moves through the area. Another front will approach the region as the new work week begins, which will continue to provide roller-coaster-like temperature swings through the middle of next week. Initial model guidance for the month of March shows no strong signal of temperatures or precipitation straying far from seasonal levels through the end of next month.

For updated weather information every weekday, watch Penn State's Weather World on WPSU-TV at 530pm and PCN-TV at 5:45pm.

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  • Assistant Pennsylvania State Climatologist