CLEVELAND, Ohio - Today is the first day of meteorological spring, and I'm sure that means you're ready to ditch the snow and cold, and prepare for warmth and possibly some rain (which we had plenty of this morning).
For the month of March, Ohio is looking at a 33-40 percent chance of above average temperatures. Typical mean temperatures this month range somewhere from the upper 30s to mid 40s across the state; Cleveland's mean March temperature is 38.4 degrees.
Cleveland, Akron break record for warmest February - by multiple degreesMarch 2017 temperature outlook.NOAA Climate Prediction Center
For precipitation? Most of the state will see around normal amounts, with a tiny sliver of Northeast Ohio seeing a little bit above average values. Across the state, precipitation sum averages range from roughly 2 to 3 inches; Cleveland's mean March precipitation sum is 2.93 inches.March 2017 precipitation outlook.NOAA Climate Prediction Center
Looking at the United States as a whole, the warming pattern continues. Almost the entire country is looking at chances of above normal temperatures, with only the Pacific Northwest and Alaska seeing chances of below typical temperatures.
Precipitation wise, above average amounts are in the forecast for the northern states, with the opposite for the south and Alaska.
Taking a look ahead through May, the hot temperatures just don't want to give up, with most of the country above normal for the three-month period.March - May 2017 temperature outlook.NOAA Climate Prediction Center
The precipitation pattern is looking similar, with wetter conditions to the north, and dry to the south.March - May 2017 precipitation outlook.NOAA Climate Prediction Center
Keep checking cleveland.com/weather for daily weather updates for Northeast Ohio, and don't forget to submit any weather questions you may have!Kelly Reardon is cleveland.com's meteorologist. Please follow me on Facebook and Twitter @kreardon0818.
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