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First day of spring will see temps into the upper 60s, first night could see snow

By: Lisa Walton, lisa.walton@gazette.com
March 20, 2014 Updated: March 20, 2014 at 7:57 am
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With the arrival of spring, we'll soon be seeing plants like this Bonfire Cushion Spurge. (Jerilee Bennett, The Gazette)

Thursday will kick off the first day of spring with above-average temperatures in Colorado Springs that will reach into the upper 60s, according to the National Weather Service in Pueblo.

Temperatures in the low 70s are forecast for the eastern plains and the Interstate 25 corridor. Dry conditions are predicted to last until at least Friday evening.

A cold front is expected to move in Friday night, and bring with it a slight chance of rain before 9 p.m.

Temperatures Friday night could drop as low as 19 degrees. Those spring showers are expected to freeze overnight into snow.

March is usually one of Colorado's snowiest months, but less has fallen so far this month than expected, said Stan Rose, meteorologist with the National Weather Service.

However, the chilly, wet weather is forecast to persist through Saturday, and then move out briefly on Sunday before another system moves into the region Monday night.

The roller coaster weather patterns are to be expected now, Rose said.

"We get pretty big swings in the weather this time of year," he said, adding that recent dust storms and high speed winds aren't unusual for in March. "It's not unusual for warm conditions to be quickly followed by cold conditions. Anything goes in Colorado during springtime."

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