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'March'ing into another month of cold? Brace yourselves.

Let's get this out of the way first: the coldest March ever was in 1885.

It was 20.4 degrees.

That's a pretty formidable record.

Coming off February's all-time coldest mark out of any month in Buffalo's recorded weather history, however, could 2015's frigidity score records in back-to-back months?

It's probably unlikely, but March will get a running start this week.

That's because the average forecast temperature between today and Saturday is 22.2 degrees.

After a snowy Sunday and early Monday, the temperature will plummet again behind the storm Monday night back into the single digits. It will rebound Tuesday and Wednesday - likely even above freezing for the first time since Jan. 29.

But, after a messy couple of days with mixed precipitation, the cold Arctic air takes hold again.

Wednesday's night's low? 16 degrees.

Thursday's high is forecast at 20 degrees before the thermometer drops again down to about 3 degrees overnight.

If that pattern of cold were to prevail say for the month's remaining 24 days, that would be good enough for second place on the all-time list.

National Weather Service data

Coldest months of March (National Weather Service)

 

That's got to be pretty unsettling even for the hardiest Buffalo residents.

The 14-day forecast shows the weather pattern and trend to stay about the same - below normal - through at least the middle of March, and the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center shows the entire month will probably run "below normal."

March 2015 outlook published Saturday by the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center.

The March 2015 outlook published Saturday by the National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center shows Western New York clearly "below-normal" for temperature.

 

So keep your boots and mittens at the ready.

Or, if you're the eternal optimist type - data, prognostications and trends notwithstanding - perhaps hope and pray for a repeat of 2012:

Warmest months of March on record at Buffalo. (National Weather Service)

Warmest months of March on record at Buffalo, N.Y. (National Weather Service)

 

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