Spring is less than a month away, but Old Man Winter isn't going out quietly. Temperatures in Wyoming and around the region could plummet over 20 degrees below average in March, according to climatologists at DTN Weather.

Forecasters predict an "arctic outbreak" will cause exceptionally cold temperatures across most of the country, with the north-central plains baring the brunt of the late-winter freeze. In places like Great Falls, Mont. and Rapid City, South Dakota, this month has been the coldest February they've experienced in decades and it may get even worse.

While much of southeastern Wyoming has enjoyed a mild winter so far, the northwest corner of the Cowboy State has recorded record snowfall. Weather models indicate the most dramatic temperature drop will cover the eastern half of the state next month.

Although March could be a cold month, we may have less snow to shovel. The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center is forecasting snowfall totals 50 to 55 percent below normal in some parts of Wyoming.




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