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March Madness warm weather is won out West

The winter weather warnings and advisories expired across many parts of the eastern United States in time for today's tip-off of the NCAA's March Madness.

There's only one weather warning left in any of the eight cities hosting the first and second round matchups.

It's for cold weather. In South Carolina.

The National Weather Service has a freeze warning in place through Friday morning in Greenville, S.C.

Temperatures are forecast to dip into the upper 20s and lower 30s in the southern city, threatening flowering plants and crops, the weather service said.

Even so, Buffalo will white-wash Milwaukee for the chilliest venue on the tournament's docket.

Buffalo's average temperature -- 28.7 degrees -- through Saturday will be 5.5 degrees below average for this time in March.

That's also six degrees colder than its Great Lakes counterpart in Wisconsin.

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For those teams and their fans who thought that a mid-March trip down south to Orlando or Greenville was going to be all that?

Not so much.

The Florida city ties Greenville for the field's coldest temperatures from its average.

The average temperature in Orlando is forecast to be 60.3 degrees. That's seven degrees cooler than normal.

Greenville's average temperature should be 51 degrees. Forecasts show it'll be more like 44.

Meanwhile, Salt Lake City will enjoy the ridge of warmth out west with readings in the 70s Friday and Saturday.

The Utah capital will be nearly 20 degrees warmer than its average temperature, forecasts show.

If you're looking for more short sleeve weather, Sacramento and Tulsa will be the places to be on Friday.

Weather data shows that's well above-average in both of those cities as well.

Temperatures in those spots is forecast to make it into the 70s, according to the weather service.

Indianapolis will be a little cooler than it's average for this week in March.

 

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