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Seattle area set to warm up after snowiest February on record

(National Weather Service)

Good news Seattle: Our long, cold winter could finally be winding to a close in March, following the snowiest February on record in SeaTac.

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In February, SeaTac measured 20.2 inches total inches of snow, shattering the 1949 record by just over 7 inches. Last month was also the third coldest since records began in 1945, with temperatures averaging 36.7 degrees Fahrenheit.

Now that the calendar has flipped to March, we’re already seeing a respite from the frigid weather February brought to the Greater Seattle Area. On Friday, temperatures touched 50 degrees in Seattle, the first time that had happened in exactly a month.

Similarly warm weather was seen throughout Western Washington Friday, with temperatures hovering in the high 40s in northernmost cities, and as high as 55 degrees further south.

KIRO 7 Meteorologist Morgan Palmer predicts similarly warm temperatures as March continues, with one model even calling for highs close to 60 degrees by the middle of the month. That said, Palmer also cautions against too much optimism.

Sure, 50 degree weather isn’t exactly a heat wave, but after what was literally one of the coldest months the region has ever seen, it might as well be — here’s to more warmth as we creep closer to summer.

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