Share this article

print logo

Luck o' the Irish for parade weekend: temps near 50 degrees, early models show

Forecasters at the National Weather Service promised March will be a weather "roller coaster" ride with bouts of below-average cold interspersed with moderating temperatures.

It's sure looking that way.

Monday morning finally brought some "good news" to the horizon, if you're ready for a bigger break from winter's grip.

The early 14-day Global Forecast System models project that parade weekend for the area's Irish-American community looks to be the warmest in months.

By Sunday, March 15, the thermometer may even approach 50 degrees.

Global Forecast System image for 8 p.m., Sunday, March 15, 2015, shows freezing temperatures receding far to the north and a push of warmer air into Western New York.

Global Forecast System image for 8 p.m. March 15 shows freezing temperatures (north of the first horizontal blue line) receding far to the north and a push of warmer air into Western New York.

That will be a welcome change for winter-weary Buffalo residents who endured the coldest month ever recorded in Buffalo's history in February. That followed a below-average January, and what's still expected to be a rather cold and snowy start to March.

-----

RELATED: 'March'ing into another month of cold? Brace yourselves

-----

The first sustained moderation in the weather pattern, according to the forecast model, shows that it will begin by about 8 p.m. March 12, a Thursday, when temperatures start a push above-freezing.

The mercury should remain above freezing until at least the following Tuesday, the models show.

That would be the longest consecutive stretch in Buffalo since Christmas week.

And, the models show, it could include both of the city's Irish-American parades.

Buffalo's 22nd annual "Old Neighborhood" St. Patrick's Day Parade is scheduled to be held at noon March 14.

At 8 a.m, Saturday, March 14, models show warmer air pushing toward Western New York (the red line indicates an approximate value of 50 degrees). At this time, it appears there will be no precipitation.

At 8 a.m March 14, models show warmer air pushing toward Western New York (the red line indicates an approximate value of 50 degrees). At this time, it appears there will be no precipitation.

The 2015 version of Buffalo's St. Patrick's Day Parade on Delaware Avenue is slated to start about 2 p.m. March 15.

Although early forecast models show it could rain, temperatures could push toward the 50-degree mark during the day.

Stay updated with Buffalo's latest weather -- past, present and future -- on the WNY Weather blog.

-----

RELATED: It's official: February was the coldest month on record in Buffalo

There are no comments - be the first to comment