Winter is over.
Not officially - that comes March 19 - but it's sure going to feel that way around the Buffalo Niagara region next week.
Starting Monday, the daytime temperature will flirt with, or break, the 50 degree mark, forecasts show.
It will hit 60 on Tuesday.
By Wednesday, the thermometer will climb into the low 60s before retreating back into the 50s for the rest of the week.
And, it seems like a sure bet.
Models have been projecting the warm-up for nearly a week, but week-long forecasts by the National Weather Service and AccuWeather are now also projecting spring-like temperatures:
The warmth will be well-above average for temperature for the second week of March when daytime highs are normally about 40 degrees.
It will be a more sustained warm-up at the tail-end of one of the warmest winters in recent decades in the Buffalo Niagara region.
- There have been seven days where the temperature dropped into the single digits this winter, compared to 38 times in each of the last two winters.
- There has been 47.9 inches of snowfall this winter, compared to 112.9 inches last winter and 129.9 inches two years ago.
- Since Dec. 1, the temperature at Buffalo has hit at least 50 degrees 20 times, 60 degrees five times and 70 degrees once, on Dec. 14.
- Last year, the mercury made it into the 50s five times between Dec. 1 and March 3. The year before, it made it to at least 50 degrees five times and 60 degrees once.