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More Daylight, But Spring Weather Still Elusive

Posted at 6:36 AM, Mar 17, 2014
and last updated 2014-03-17 08:07:23-04

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (March 17, 2014) — Monday marks a special day not only for the St. Patrick’s Day holiday, but also a milestone for daylight in West Michigan.

While the official start of spring — known as the Vernal Equinox — occurs on Thursday, the details of how we measure sunrise and sunset times actually means that we reach 12 hours of daylight for the first time on Monday.

Despite this, it isn’t going to feel very springlike over the next few days.  Highs Monday will only be around 30°, and we’ll be in the 30s again on the first official day of spring Thursday.  In between, temperatures will climb into the mid 40s or so Tuesday into Wednesday, allowing the next dose of wet weather to start as rain before changing back to snow on Wednesday.

The longer-range outlooks aren’t very favorable for warmer weather either — click here for a discussion of the forecasts from the Climate Prediction Center.

As always, you can find the full 7 Day forecast on FOX 17 News or on the Weather page.