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When will winter loosen grip on U.S.?

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Posted at 11:13 AM, Feb 24, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-24 11:13:19-05

With less than a month until the first day of Spring, Mother Nature is still kindly reminding most U.S. residents it's still winter.

February has been a cold month, especially east of the Rockies. A couple of Arctic blasts have left most of the country spending days at a time below freezing, and in some cases, below zero.

The cold air isn't going anywhere either. It's actually spreading, and by the weekend, nearly everyone in the country will be experiencing colder than usual temperatures.

In addition to flashbacks to last year's polar vortex, all this cold air is leaving many people wondering when will we see some indication of Spring?

March 1 is quickly approaching, and it's also the first day of meteorological spring — the end of the three coldest months of the year. Unfortunately, long-term forecast models look like the cold trend will continue through the first week of March, unless you can escape to Florida.

The good news is that it looks like this trend could begin to turn around about a third of the way through the Month. It appears as if warmer air will move into the western half of the country during the second week of March and eventually make its way to the eastern half by the third week, just in time for the first day of Spring.

In the meantime, all those layers will serve as constant reminders spring hasn't sprung.