After active February, Maine is looking at an early start to spring


    March is likely to see a quick flip to spring, unlike 2018. (WGME)

    PORTLAND (WGME) – Maine has had a wild ride of weather through winter so far.

    Six weeks in, and we've seen about 40" of snow so far in Portland, according to the National Weather Service.

    And there are another six weeks to go before the official start of spring.

    Two rounds of heavy snowfall in November dropped a whopping 15.9 inches of snow in Portland, 14 inches above the average.

    It set the tone for a busy winter.

    "Much better to have this, because you can play in this can't play in the rain right, and we ski so we're happy about that," Cumberland resident Amanda Wallace said.

    Ski resorts report they've been doing well all winter, but December disappointed snow lovers seeking a white Christmas.

    Maine saw just 5 and a half inches in December, less than half the average for that month.

    Since then, we've had over 17 inches of snow in a busy January with multiple storms, a common pattern with our weak to moderate El Nino winter.

    Looking ahead, February is reminding us that there is a lot of winter left.

    Weather models are projecting an active month, with many chances for storms and multiple shots of colder than average temperatures.

    March is likely to see a quick flip to spring, unlike 2018.

    Even more so, April is looking warmer than average.

    Models are sending a clear signal that pleasant spring weather should arrive quickly.

    Computer models never offer a guarantee for predicting weather so far into the future, but if warm temperatures do arrive in late March and early April, it could result in rapid snow melt, which could lead to a flood risk.

    The spring equinox still six weeks away.

    The average snowfall amounts in February and March are about a foot each.

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