On this last day of February, parts of Iowa may see high temperatures in the upper 60s and lower 70s. National Weather Service meteorologist, Frank Boksa , says for some areas, that’s 30-degrees above normal, and is capping off one of the warmer winters on record for the region.

Boksa says we’ve had very little snow across much of the Midwest, leaving the ground warmer while the sun rises in its angle as we get closer to spring, plus the air is dry, all factors that are bringing warmer-than-normal weather. He says the spring-like forecast is out of the ordinary but it’s not out of bounds.

While Boksa says it’s unusual, it’s not unheard-of, especially as March approaches and 60s become more common in the forecast. Still, he would -not- go out onto a limb and predict that we’re done with snow for the season. He says with the March Madness of the college basketball tournaments about to begin, there’s usually another hefty round of snow before spring arrives on Monday, March 20th. Boksa says to enjoy the 60s and 70s while they last as the forecast calls for temperatures much closer to normal, and much colder, within a few days.