Here’s when local meteorologists are saying it should feel more like spring

“We all know that March can be one of the more frustrating months of the year," WBZ Chief Meteorologist Eric Fisher said.

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On the heels of two winter storms and a day after a new coat of snow blanketed the region, Massachusetts was set to see a “touch of spring” on Monday, according to the National Weather Service.

But given March’s reputation for fickle weather, some may be questioning if the balmy temperatures are here to stay.

Local forecasters say spring is moving in — albeit slowly — though there is still some lingering potential for winter weather later this month.

“We all know that March can be one of the more frustrating months of the year,” Eric Fisher, a meteorologist with WBZ, said in a recent article. “It feels like we’re so close to daffodils and warmer days but there are all sorts of wintry spurts still in the tank.” 

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While he noted that the first week of March “will rank among one of the colder ones in recent times for the Boston area,” he said this week will start out warmer. It could become cooler during the middle of the week, but he said he would be “surprised” if it snowed. Temperatures should be in the high 30s to high 40s at the end of the week.

However, winter may have one last frosty “hurrah” before it finally clears out.

“Heading past St. Patrick’s Day weekend, we may get one more dance with winter,” Fisher said, noting that predictions show there could be some cooler temperatures and possibly snow.

“By the third week of March, an average high in Boston is in the mid to upper 40’s,” he said. “So even cold shots aren’t exactly frigid. Just another bump on the road to spring. I always think of this season as two steps forward and one step back until May.”

Early indications show that April shouldn’t be plagued by “cold rain and wet snow with barely any sunshine” like last year, according to Fisher.

Michael Page, a meteorologist with NBC10 Boston and NECN, said the end of this week could put highs into the 50s.

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“I would caution, however, that I don’t think we’re home free,” he said in an email to Boston.com. “It looks like we get another shot of at least cool air around or just after St. Patrick’s Day.”

While Page said it shouldn’t get as cold as the first week of the month, he said these cooler temperatures — at or just below average — should continue till about the end of the month. He noted that average temperatures for that time of the month are 47 to 50 degrees.

“At this early point it looks like we go back above average in early April (historical average highs that first week are 50-52),” he said.

For the month of March, temperatures in general will be “slightly” below normal while precipitation will be slightly above normal, according to National Weather Service meteorologist Alan Dunham.

Technically, he said, we’re already in “meteorological spring,” which began March 1.

“Spring will get here eventually,” Dunham said. “It’s almost going to feel like spring for Thursday with temperatures in the low 50s and then by Friday there’ll be some showers and temperatures in upper 50s.”

Dunham’s colleague at the service, meteorologist Lenore Correia, said she doesn’t see snow or winter weather in the forecast for the next couple of weeks.