Spring off to wintry start with colder than average temperatures

Spring off to wintry start with colder than average temperatures


The first official day of spring is Monday, though temperatures remain well below than normal with more winter weather expected.

Anywhere from a coating to up to 2 inches was expected to be on the ground by Sunday morning.

In March alone, the snowfall was 18.1 inches for some parts of the state.

“March is already colder than February, dramatically colder,” said Gary Lessor, meteorologist with the Weather Center at Western Connecticut State University. “Colder than January too.”

In March, the average temperature has been 30.7 degrees, nearly five degrees below normal.

The cold March temperatures are expected to help the state’s peach crop. Last year’s warm winter caused peaches to start growing earlier. The crop was then wiped out by an unexpected April frost.

Orchards have been starting to open in the area in preparation for spring. Lyman Orchard’s farm store in Middlefield, The Apple Barrel, recently opened despite the snowy conditions.

Warm temperatures aren’t expected for at least another week. Lessor said while temperatures will be a little higher Monday and Tuesday, the rest of the month will continue to trend below normal.

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