Pattern Change Means Weekend Warmup

March has started off a bit cooler than average, but that's all about to change.{ } Just as we spring forward and switch back to daylight saving time, temperatures start to climb.{ } Get ready for some spring fever in D.C.; and{ }what better time for it to arrive than for the weekend!

Temperatures across the country are running much milder than average in the southern Plains and southwest, but cooler than average over the parts of the east.{ } Check out the highs from Thursday.

The ridge in the west will move east and will push some of that milder air into our area.{ } Adam Caskey created the maps below that do a nice job explaining this pattern change.

The average high temperature in D.C. in early March is 53°.{ } This weekend will be a few degrees above average and the trend for milder temperatures continues into early next.{ } Not a bad second weekend of March if you ask me!