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Weather Facts: Winter recap and outlook

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So far this winter we've had our share of cold snaps and wintry mix. So today we'll check out what we can expect for the last leg of winter and look ahead and see what kind of spring is heading this way.

Punxsutawny Phil woke up a couple of weekends ago and saw his shadow predicting six more weeks of winter...not a popular forecast.

This has been the coldest winter in five years. Twenty freezes so far in Austin and even more outside the city limits.

Checking out the temperature outlook for the rest of the month it seems like the groundhog may be right. Colder than average temps will persist across half the country for the next few weeks. 

There is a bunch of snow on the ground in the heartland. This snowpack has been enhancing the cold snaps the last few weeks. 

As the cold air slides over all the land covered with snow, it won't warm up as much before reaching us. This allows the cold fronts to have more bite to them in the way of arctic chill.

In Austin we normally get the last freeze during the last week of February and the rest of the area early to mid-March. We are on pace to have some late freezes so I would delay planting flowers until mid-March at least.

As the thaw begins, it looks like we'll experience a nice rebound in temperatures. The climate prediction is showing a warmer and drier than average spring coming up.

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