Spring arrives in all its glory Tuesday morning, but it feels more like summer.
The balmy spring follows a milder than usual winter in Lexington. The city's average temperature this winter, which meteorologists measure as December through February, was 39.3 degrees. That's 4.1 degrees above normal, and it's the sixth warmest temperature ever for the December-February period, WKYT-TV meteorologist Chris Bailey said.
While the temperature increased, snowfall decreased. Lexington has received only 7.6 inches of snow since December, and more than 5 inches of that total fell in early March. A typical Lexington winter produces 12.2 inches of snow.
"This is very unusual ... especially because it comes after two back-to-back bad winters," Bailey said. "The 2009-2010 and 2010-2011 winters were the worst since the late 1970s.
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"And now, we're on pace for one of the warmest Marches on record."
On Tuesday, temperatures of 80 or above are likely; Bailey said that's about what you'd expect in June.