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Spring around the corner?
A year ago on this date, March 6, 2012, temperatures were soaring across the Midwest with highs in the 60s and 70s across Iowa. Last March 2012 eventually went into the record books as one of the warmest Marches on record. March 2012 temperatures averaged about 10 degrees warmer than normal from Iowa and many Midwest states with conditions not seen since the mid-40s and as far back as 1910.
Fruit trees bloomed early and were hurt by frost late in that month or in April. So far, this March's weather pattern looks to be more typical across the Midwest. A warming spell is forecast for the latter part of the week with rain showers and thundershowers forecast to occur late this week and this weekend. Highs could warm to the upper 30s/40s across Iowa.
Central Illinois and northern Missouri may warm to the low 50s. Mid-50s to 60-degree temperatures are forecast across the central Plains with highs near 60 in St. Louis on Friday and Saturday. Heavy showers and thundershowers are forecast from central Kansas and southern Nebraska eastward over northern Missouri and much of southern and central Iowa, especially Saturday into Sunday.
The heavy showers will continue across Missouri and parts of Illinois and Indiana and Ohio Sunday into Monday. Cooler weather will begin to move across the Corn Belt states by Sunday, as rain showers may begin to mix with a little snow in some areas.
The extended weather forecast calls for cooler-than-normal temperatures for next week with some extended drier weather forecast as well.