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Hippity, hoppity, a cold Easter Sunday is on its way

The ski cap can go over or under your Easter bonnet.

But, keep it handy: temperatures won't get out of the 30s this year.

After a harsh, seemingly-endless winter, it's shaping up to be the coldest Easter Sunday in seven years.

The forecast shows it's likely they'll be some sunshine Sunday, but it will be sandwiched in between snow showers on both Saturday and Sunday nights.

"We know with about 95 percent certainty we'll have temperatures in the 30s and there will be a chance for nuisance snow, that's pretty certain," said Bob Hamilton, a National Weather Service meteorologist.

Easter Sunday is not the same day every year. It falls on the first Sunday following the first full moon after the spring equinox.

Still, it's been earlier in the season - and warmer.

Take two years ago, when the mercury hit 58 degrees on Easter Sunday, March 31.

Or, March 30, 1986, when it was a 73-degree day.

National Weather Service data shows that less than 20 percent of the Easter Sundays over the last half-century have been below 40 degrees. (There's a full chart below.)

The cold may not inject a chill into the spirit of the holiday, but persistently the cold temperatures this year are stunting the growing season for some popular Easter plants, especially pussy willows, according to area florists.

Daria Parker at Lewandowski Produce at the Broadway Market was selling the limited bunches of pussy willows she had Tuesday almost as quickly as they could be stocked. Parker, who obtains the pussy willows which are grown in Niagara County fields, expects a shortage of the popular Easter plant this year because, she said, the cold is delaying their growth.

"It's just so cold," Parker said.

At Lewandowski Produce, it was tough to keep pussy willows stocked Tuesday afternoon. (T.J. Pignataro/Buffalo News)

At the Lewandowski Produce stand at the Broadway Market, it was tough to keep pussy willows stocked Tuesday afternoon.              (T.J. Pignataro/Buffalo News)

Some other local nurseries, like Queen City Nursery on Harlem Road, expect to have adequate stock this Easter. A Queen City representative who identified himself only as "Richard" told The Buffalo News Tuesday that it brings its pussy willows in from warmer southern environs like Kentucky and Maryland.

"The only thing that's been happening with the weather is the green plants are having a harder time to flourish," Richard said.

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There were flowers aplenty Tuesday afternoon at the Lewandowski Produce stand at the Broadway Market. (T.J. Pignataro/Buffalo News)

 

Parker said she expected to run low on other plants like hydrangeas and primrose plants, but believes that other popular Easter varieties like mums, lilies and hyacinth plants will be well-stocked and available.

But, they're selling like hotcakes. Parker said customers seem desperate for color and some signs of life after the long winter.

"They want a sign of spring," she said.

Easter Sunday Temperatures last 50 years (* forecast temperature)
Year Date High Low
2015 5-Apr 36* 27*
2014 20-Apr 71 36
2013 31-Mar 58 39
2012 8-Apr 56 33
2011 24-Apr 55 44
2010 4-Apr 63 41
2009 12-Apr 42 27
2008 23-Mar 34 19
2007 8-Apr 31 23
2006 16-Apr 56 37
2005 27-Mar 50 29
2004 11-Apr 46 29
2003 20-Apr 79 53
2002 31-Mar 51 33
2001 15-Apr 54 38
2000 23-Apr 55 40
1999 4-Apr 58 35
1998 12-Apr 61 31
1997 30-Mar 40 27
1996 7-Apr 36 28
1995 16-Apr 49 30
1994 3-Apr 59 30
1993 11-Apr 48 33
1992 19-Apr 76 40
1991 31-Mar 48 24
1990 15-Apr 53 40
1989 26-Mar 61 39
1988 3-Apr 70 56
1987 19-Apr 77 48
1986 30-Mar 73 46
1985 7-Apr 45 33
1984 22-Apr 55 33
1983 3-Apr 50 38
1982 11-Apr 38 31
1981 19-Apr 48 31
1980 6-Apr 59 34
1979 15-Apr 43 38
1978 26-Mar 37 31
1977 10-Apr 58 29
1976 18-Apr 81 55
1975 30-Mar 35 23
1974 14-Apr 74 41
1973 22-Apr 76 49
1972 2-Apr 38 31
1971 11-Apr 60 26
1970 29-Mar 26 19
1969 6-Apr 50 32
1968 14-Apr 78 50
1967 26-Mar 65 35
1966 10-Apr 44 30
1965 18-Apr 34 25

Source: National Weather Service

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