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.
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.
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)|
Source: National Weather Service