EAST LIVERPOOL-Saturday's 50 degree temperatures and sunshine may have given people in the Tri-State area hope that this hideous winter may at long last be drawing to a close. However, meteorologists are saying not to celebrate just yet as there are some cold temperatures and snow still ahead.
Despite the pleasantness of Saturday's 50 degree high during the day, colder temperatures and a bit of rain mixed with snow ensured it was back to business as usual by Saturday night. This will not be the last time before spring arrives that temperatures dip below freezing said Meteorologist Lee Hendricks with the National Weather Service (NWS) in Pittsburgh.
"I'd like to tell you that this (warm weather) is going to continue, but that would be a lie," said Hendricks.
Temperatures were forecast to drop into the lower twenties for the evening Saturday with a 50 percent chance of rain, possibly changing to snow but with little accumulation, according to Hendricks. Temperatures are predicted to hover in the upper thirties and lower forties today before dipping down into the upper twenties again tonight.
"It's still a heat wave compared to what we've been dealing with," said Hendricks.
Indeed, temperatures for this time of year have been lower than average. Hendricks says, even with a few warmer days ahead next week, monthly average temperatures are still well below normal.
"Normal highs are around 49 and normal lows are around 30, so we're still going to be a bit below average," said Hendricks.
Though not endorsed by the NWS, the Farmer's Almanac was fairly spot-on in predicting this year's below average temperatures and high snowfall amounts. The almanac predicts periods of snow and rain throughout the end of the month with temperatures averaging about 37 degrees.
Next week will see the return of warmer temperatures with partial sunshine and highs in the fifties on Monday and Tuesday. Rain showers will move into the area bumping temperatures down into the forties on Wednesday.
"It's cooling down a bit (next week) but it's not going down into the twenties permanently like it was."
As for the rest of March, Hendricks says that temperatures will move back to normal levels toward the end of the month but for now Northeast Ohio will continue to experience below normal temperatures.
"We're slowly trending back toward normal but the way it's looking now, at least through the first two thirds of March, we're going to remain averaging below normal as far as temperatures go."