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.
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.
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.
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.
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